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chicago,  illinois, 
Historian  and  Genealogist, 

Member  of  the  Society  of   American   Authors,  American  Historical 

Association,    Illinois    Historical    Society,    and    author   of 

Batchelder,  Fiske,  Gibson,  Pearce,  Whitney, 

Peirce,  Foster,  Pierce  and  Forbes 







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Copyright,   1901 


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**San9  H)ieu  IRten" 

"  Without  God  Nothing" 

O  wise  and  reverent  legend  traced 
The  old  armorial  signs  among, 

Fit  motto  for  a  noble  race — 

Sans  Dieu  Rien,  Sans  Dieti  Rien! 

No  idle  vaunt  of  brave  deeds  done, 

No  boast  of  wealth,  or  rank,  or  fame; 

No  haughty  menace  to  a  foe, 
No  arrogant  imperial  claim. 

But  simply  true  and  simply  grand. 

And  couched  in  language  briefly  strong, 

They  wrote  the  story  of  their  faith — 
Sans  Dieu  Rien,  Sans  Dieu  Rien. 

Whate'er  their  lordly  heritage 

Of  house  and  land,  of  form  and  mien, 
The  lofty  rank,  the  high  estate, 

A  loving  Father's  gifts  are  seen. 

And  forward  with  calm  trust  they  look 
The  unknown  future  years  along; 

Whate'er  may  come  of  good  or  ill, 
Serene  in  this — Sans  Dieu  Rien! 

O  favored  ones  who  trace  your  blood, 
Adown  this  good  ancestral  line, 

Claim  the  escutcheon's  pictured  scroll, 
Of  knightly  deeds  the  honored  sign; 

But,  best  inheritance  of  all. 

High,  pure  as  Eden's  matin  song. 

From  sire  to  son  hand  down  the  faith, 
Sans  Dieu  Rien,  Sans  Dieu  Rien! 

San  Jose,  Cal.,  July  30. 1899. 

—Mary  H.  Field. 

Table   of   Contents* 


Early  History  of  Field  Family 9 

Origin  of  the  Field  Name 12 

Arms  of  the  Field  Family  14 

English  Homes  of  the  Field's 15 

The  Field's  of  Other  Places  in  Wakefield 26 

horsmondon  branch 28 

Fields  of  Heaton 30 

The  Yorkshire  Branch 31 

Prominent  Members  of  the  English  Branch 33 

College  Graduates  by  the  Name  of  Field 39 

Revolutionary  Soldiers  from  Various  States 44 

Pensioners  in  the  Revolutionary  War 65 

The  Field  Family  in  England  and  America 66 

The  New  Hampshire,  Maine  and  Boston  Branches 949 

One  Virginia  Branch 1056 

The  Virginia  and  Kentucky  Branches 1101 

List   of  Illustrations* 


Frederick  C.  Pierce Frontispiece 

The  Imperial  City  of  Colmar,  Alsace-Lor- 
raine   10 

Another  View  of  Colmar 11 

Halifax,  England 14 

Crown  Street,  Halifax,  England 15 

Halifax  Church 16 

Chantrv  on  the  Bridge  at  Wakefield,  Eng- 
land    17 

Old  Church  at  Bradford,  England 18 

Grammar  School  at  Bradford,  England. .  19 

Bridge  at  Wakefield,  England 20 

Infirmary  at  Huddersfield,  England 22 

The  Assembly  and  Trinity  Church,  Hali- 
fax, England 23 

Wakefield  Manor,  England,  and  Neighbor- 
hood, from  Map  of  1610 26 

Wakefield  Manor, England,  and  Neighbor- 
hood in  1900 27 

Old  Field  House,  Sowerby,  near  Halifax. .78,  79 
Van  Vechten  and  Field  Bible,  A.  D.  1603, 

Field  Record 186,  187 

John  George  Mostyn  Field 192 

Philander  Winchester 192 

Hon.  Edward  H.  Fitch 192 

Winchester  Fitch 192 

Norman  Williams 202 

Edward  H.  Williams 20a 

Norman  Williams 204 

Gen.  Wesley  Merritt 205 

The  Connecticut  River  at  Hatfield,  Mass. .  210 

Main  Street,  Hatfield,  Mass 211 

Residence  of  Dr.   Simeon  Field,  Enfield, 

Conn 214 

Hon.  James  Dixon 215 

The  Dixon  Place,  Enfield,  Conn 215 

"Enfield    Place,"    Residence    of    William 

Dixon  Marsh 216 

Old  Enfield,  Conn.,  Bridge,  built  in  1832. ..  217 

William  Dixon 218 

Morven 255 

Drawing-room  at  Morven 256 

Stockton  Coat  of  Arms 256 

Commodore  Robert  Field  Stockton 256 

The  Line  of  Historic  Catalpas 257 

Bayard  Stockton 264 

William  J.  Strong 264 

Rev.  William  Henry  Beard 264 

The  Old  Field  Place,  Dorset,  Vt 265 

Horace  Field  Hobart 296 

Hon.  Lucius  G.  Fisher 297 

Lucius  G.  Fisher 298 

Lucius  G.   Fisher,  Jr 299 

Charles  B.  Merriman 300 

Residence  of  the  Family  of  C.B.  Merriman  302 

Rev.  Augustus  Field  Beard,  D.  D 314 

Hon.  Paul  Selby 315 

Major  Charles  H.  Hitchcock 325 

Dr.  Arthur  E.  Prince 325 

Moses  Field 325 

Henry  C.  Hardnn 325 

Dr.  Lucius  C.  Herrick 326 

Dr.  S.  S  Herrick 326 

John  S.   Bussing 326 

S.  R.  Bingham 326 

Gen.  Martin  Field 3;^8 

Mrs.  Esther  G.  Field a39 

Military     Commission     of     Lieut.      John 

Field.  Tr " 348 

Grave  of  Mrs.  John  B.  Field 388 

The  Old  Warren  Mansion .389 

Margaret  Field .390 

Abraham  Van  Nest,  Esq 391 

Ann  Van  Nest 392 

John  S.  Bussing,  Jr 392 


Clock  in  Van  Nest  Residence 393 

Rev.  David  Dudley  Field,  D.  D 410 

Mrs.  David  Dudley  Field 410 

Alfred  Field 410 

Spafford  Field 410 

Hon.  Michael  Field 411 

Town  Hall,  Haddam,  Conn 412 

The  Old  Field  Place,  Haddam,  Conn 412 

Congregational  Church,  Haddam,  Conn..  413 

Congregational  Church,  Higganum,Conn.  413 

Justice  David  J-  Brewer 418 

Entrance  to  Field  Park,  Haddam,  Conn..  419 

John  Field 437 

Mrs.  Fidelia  (Nash)  Field 438 

Edwin  Par dridge 442 

Charles  W.  Pardridge 443 

Judge  Charles  Field 474 

Charles  Field,  Jr 474 

Mrs.  Fidelia  E.  Ives 474 

Mrs.  Helen  P.  Bomeisler 474 

L.  E.  Bomeisler 475 

Hon.   Frederick  W.  Field 475 

Mrs.  Pamelia  E.  Renwick  and  son 475 

Phinehas  Field 475 

RufusP.  Williams 482 

Field  Home,  Belfast,  Me 483 

Hon.  Charles  Kellogg  Field 506 

Hon.  Roswell  Martin  Field 509 

William  Dwight  Field 516 

JosephG.  Field 516 

Dr.  George  E.  Fuller 516 

Lieut.  Charles  H.   Field 516 

Princess  Brancaccio 517 

Capt.  Putnam  Field 517 

William  P.  Field 517 

Hon.  Joseph  Field 532 

Hon.  Alfred   Ely 533 

Samuel  Augustus  Field 560 

Oliver  Field  Place,  Somers,  N.  Y 561 

Joseph  E.  Field 575 

Mrs.  Georgia  L.  Carter  and  child 575 

Edwin  Wilkins  Field 575 

John  Hampden  Field,  Sr 575 

Old  Field  House,  Fieldville,  Bound  Brook, 

N.  J 576 

Algernon  Sydney  Field 592 

Blackdon  Hill,  Leamington,  England 593 

Lodge  and  Entrance  Gates,  Leamington, 

England 593 

David  Dudley  Field 608 

Summer  Residence  of  David  Dudley  Field  609 
Field  Coat  of  Arms.  .Frontispiece  to  Vol.   ii. 

Hon.  Jonathan  E.  Field 634 

Justice  Stephen  J.  Field 625 

Cyrus  W.  Field 644 

Rev.  Henry  M.  Field 645 

The  Layers  of  the  First  Atlantic  Cable 646 

The  Great  Eastern  under  Weigh 647 

Paying  out  Machinery  of  the  Great  East- 
ern    652 

Splicing  the  Atlantic  Cable 652 

Trinity  Bay,  Newfoundland 653 

Searching  for  Fault  with  the  Cable 654 

Charlotte  Field  Coonev 661 

Mrs.  Charles  E.  Hill 661 

Lorenzo  Field 661 

Deacon  Levi  F.  Field 661 

Frederick  Field 662 

Fred  M.  Field 662 

George  B.   Field 662 

Spafford  C.  Field 664 

Mrs.  Spafford  C.  Field 665 

John  S.  Field 666 

Mrs.  Martha  A.  Field  and  Familv 667 

Hon.  Charles  Field 672 



CharlesA.  Field 673 

Residence  of  Hon.  Charles  Field 673 

Hon.  Benjamin  C.  Field 674 

George  M.  Pullman 675 

First  Sleeping  Car  of  Field  &  Pullman 675 

Interior  of  Sleeping  Car  of  Field  &  Pull- 
man   676,  677 

Norman  S.  Field 687 

Hon.  William  S.  Field 687 

Dr.  Andrew  E.  Field 687 

Samuel  G.  Field 687 

Leonard  Hamilton  Field 688 

Joseph  Nash  Field 689 

Marshall  Field 690 

Field  Columbian  Museum 694 

Field  Columbian  Museum  Rotunda 695 

Field  Columbian   Museum,  South  Court, 

looking  North 696 

Field  Columbian   Museum,  North  Court, 

looking  South 697 

Field  Columbian    Museum,   West  Court, 

looking  East 698 

Field  Columbian   Museum,    Department 

of  Botany 700 

Field  Columbian  Museum,  Department  of 

Geology 701 

Field  Columbian  Museum,  Department  of 

Zoology 702 

Field    Columbian    Museum,     Group      of 

Wild  Asses 703 

Field    Columbian      Museum,    Group    of 

Rocky  Mountain  Sheep 704 

The    Field    Memorial   Library,    Conway, 

Mass 705 

Henry  Field 706 

Art  Institute,  Chicago 708 

Main  Entrance  Art  Institute,  The  Field 

Lions 709 

Main  Entrance  Hall,  Art  Institute 710 

Henry    Field    Memorial    Room  and  Art 

Collection 711 

Field  Collection,  Mounted  Officer 712 

Field  Collection,  Song  of  the  Lark 713 

Field  Collection,  Returning  from  Market  714 
Field  Collection,  Bringing  Home  the  New- 

Born  Calf 715 

Field  Collection,  Lazy  Spain 716 

Field  Collection,  Landscape 717 

Hon.  William  W.  Field 717 

Prof.  Joseph  W.  Bashford 717 

Ohio  Wesleyan  L'niversity 718 

George  W.  Field 719 

Residence  of  Prof.  Joseph  W.  Bashford...  719 

Richard  E.  Field 7.35 

James  E.  Field 735 

Dr.  George  Field 735 

Burgess  P.  Field 735 

Trinity  Church,  Rev.  Justin  Field,  Rector  736 

Judge  Bohan  P.  Field 754 

Rev.  George  Warren  Field,  D.  D 755 

Edward  Mann  Field,  M.  D 766 

Home  of  Edward  Mann  Field,  M.  D 767 

Cornelius  R.  Field 790 

Charles  H.  B.  Field 790 

Hon.  Lucius  Field 790 

Bradford  M.  Field 790 

Henry  K.  Field 791 

Eugene  Field 792 

Roswell  M.  Field 793 

Heman  H.  Field 805 

James  C.  Truman 806 

Hon.  Zibeon  C.  Field 806 

Mrs.  J.  G.  Green 806 

Mrs.  Adelia  A.  Field  Johnston 806 

Abner  Field 8.36 

Hon.  Durant  J.  Boynton 837 

Hon.  Jeremiah  H.  Field 842 

Dr.  Robert  Field 842 

Hon.  Timothy  Field 842 

Thaddeus  C.  Field : .  842 

Campus  Oberlin  College 843 

Judge  Elisha  C.  Field 854 

Edward  Field 855 


Residence  of  Edward  Field 855 

Major  Cyril  Field 864 

John  Hampden  Field 864 

Henry  Field 864 

Allen  B.  Field 864 

Residence  of  Henry  Field 865 

Kirk  Hart  Field 882 

Bray  ton  A.  Field 882 

Franklin  Field 882 

Alfred  L.  Field 882 

Clinton  N.  Field 883 

Marshall  Field,  Jr 888 

Hugh  Wentworth  Field 894 

Charles  Reed  Field 894 

Junius  S.  (Field)  Beal 894 

AlvaradoW.  Field 894 

Dr.  James  B.  Field 895 

Cornelius  J.  Field 895 

Frank  Harvey  Field 895 

Cyrus  W.  Field 895 

George  Prentice  Field 902 

Hon.  Fred  A.  Field 903 

Hon.  Walbridge  A.  Field 928 

Rev.  Thomas  G.  Field 928 

Henry  W.  Field 928 

Albert  D.  Field 928 

Hon.  Fred  G.  Field 929 

George  L.  Field 934 

Benjamin  Prince    Field 937 

Richard  I.  Field 937 

Elisha  Field 937 

George  Russell   Field 937 

Hon.    Edward  Field 946 

Charles  H.  Walden 956 

Judge  Frederick  Lawton 957 

Judge  George  Field  Lawton 957 

Ebenezer  Field 957 

Mrs.  Kate  M.  F.  Jose 957 

The  Capture  of  El  Caney 974 

The   Capture  of  the  Block  House  on  San 

Juan  Hill 975 

Old  John  Adams  House,  Quincy 1030 

Horatio  N.  Field 1031 

Rev.  S.  M.  Field 1036 

John    Field 1036 

John  G.    Field 10.36 

W.  G.  Field 1036 

Jeremiah  S.   Field 1037 

Hon.  N.  P.  Frye ia37 

William    Ameficus  Field 10.37 

H.  A.  Field 1037 

Walter  T.  Field 1050 

Henry  M.  Field 1051 

Edward  B.  Field 1054 

Dr.  Henry  W.  Field 1054 

Judge  William  Hume  Field 1055 

Mrs.  Gilbert  Knapp 1055 

President  Thomas   Jefferson 1064 

Mrs.  Thomas  Jefferson 1065 

Monticello 1066 

Stuart  Medallion,  of  Jefferson 1067 

Grave  of  Thomas  Jefferson 1078 

Old  Blandford  Church,   Virginia 1079 

Field  Coat  of  Arms 11^0 

Braddock's  Defeat 1114 

Edward  H.   Burnham 1115 

H.  P.  Roberts 1115 

Capt  John  Field 1115 

Mrs.  Patty  Irvin  Power 1115 

Deed  of  Chicago  Postoffice  Site 1127 

Judge  Curtis  Field 1130 

Hon.  Brutus  J.  Clay 1130 

Hon.  Cassius  M.  Clay,  Jr 11.30 

William   Edward  Field 1130 

Auvergne,  Home  of  the  Clays 1131 

Gen.  Green  B.  Raum 1138 

Gen.  James  G.  Field 1139 

Hon.  John  Dillard  Field 1139 

Dr.  Hardin  W.  Bright 11.39 

Judge  Richard  Field 1152 

William  Warren  Field 1152 

James  G.  Field 1152 

William  O.  Field 1152 

Author^s   Preface 

THIS  work  has  been  compiled  at  the  instigation  of  John  Spafford 
Field,  of  this  city,  who  for  several  years  has  been  greatly  inter- 
ested in  the  genealogy  of  his  family.  While  securing  the  data  of  his 
particular  line,  much  valuable  historical  information  was  obtained  of 
other  lines.  On  this  account  it  was  decided  to  continue  the  investiga- 
tions in  England,  which  had  been  so  carefully  pursued  by  the  late 
Osgood  Field,  of  Rome,  Italy.  With  his  assistance  and  that  of  others 
whom  he  employed,  very  full  and  careful  search  was  made  in  Great 

All  the  emigrant  ancestors  were  connected,  and  instead  of  pub- 
lishing the  work  in  one  volume,  it  has  been  found  imperative  to  make 
two  of  just  twice  the  size  originallj''  planned.  The  individuals  in  this 
work  can  take  pride  in  the  fact  that  many  prominent  men  belong  to 
the  family,  who  have  occupied  high  positions  in  the  world,  and  have 
achieved  enviable  reputations  for  integrity  and  ability  from  the  time 
of  their  illustrious  ancestor,  who  computed  the  Copernican  system  in 
the  isle  across  the  sea. 

The  work  is  the  most  complete  of  the  score  I  have  published, 
and  I  take  this  opportunity  to  most  cordially  thank  all  those  who  have 
so  kindly  lent  their  assistance  and  aid. 

A  number  of  abbreviations  will  be  found  in  the  book,  of  which 
the  following  are  explanations:  ae. ,  aged;  abt. ,  about;  dau.,  daughter; 
dec'd. ,  deceased;  res.,  resided,  resides,  or  residence;  w. ,  wife;  wid., 
widow  or  widower;  yr.,  year;  n.  f.  k. ,  nothing  further  known;  s.  p., 
sitie  prole  (without  issue).  There  are  a  number  of  other  abbreviations 
of  such  common  use  that  the  meaning  will  be  obvious.  A  name  in 
parentheses  thus,  Anna  Field,  daughter  of  Nathaniel  and  Mary 
(Pierce)  Field,  indicates  the  maiden  name  of  the  mother.  An  inter- 
rogation mark  implies  doubt  or  want  of  absolute  certainty.      The 


birthplace  of  the  children  are  not  always  given,  but  they  can  be  ascer- 
tained by  reference  to  the  residence  of  the  parents,  which  is  given  in 
all  cases, 

I  have  been  greatly  aided  and  assisted  in  my  work  of  compilation 
by  the  Field  manuscript  in  the  library  of  the  Historical  Society  at 
Deerfield,Mass. ;  by  the  pamphlet  issued  by  Mrs.  Harriet  A.  Brownell, 
of  Providence,  relating  to  the  Rhode  Island  branch;  by  the  pamphlet 
on  Rev.  Timothy  Field  and  his  descendants  by  Rev.  Henry 
Martyn  Field,  of  Stockbridge,  Mass.,  and  last,  and  by  no  means 
least,  the  work  of  the  late  Osgood  Field,  of  Rome,  Italy. 

From  the  Curator's  Report  of  the  Deerfield  Historical  Society  for 
February,  1883,  I  quote:  "We  have  received  a  volume  which  no 
library  in  the  land  can  match.  It  is  from  Rodney  Burt  Field,  of 
Guilford,  Vt.,  and  contains  the  results  of  many  years'  labor  in  col- 
lecting a  genealogy  of  the  descendants  of  Zechariah  Field,  who  came 
to  the  Connecticut  Valley  in  1639.  This  volume  is  a  thick  quarto, 
elegantl}''  bound,  and  contains  the  record  of  the  birth  of  more  than 
three  thousand  members  of  the  family,  all  in  his  peculiarly  neat  hand- 
writing. It  is  presented  on  the  condition  that  it  is  not  to  be  taken  on 
any  consideration  from  Memorial  Hall.  No  one  shall  be  allowed  to 
copy  from  it  without  permission  of  Hon.  George  Sheldon,  the  presi- 
dent, or  secretary  of  the  association.  Should  this  work  be  the  means 
of  stimulating  some  one  to  collect  and  publish  a  more  full  history  and 
genealogy  of  the  family,  they  are  permitted  to  make  such  use  of  the 
whole  as  may  be  necessary  for  them  to  use,  under  the  foregoing  reg- 
ulations. ' ' 

It  is  under  the  last  clause  of  the  above  that  I  was  allowed  to 
make  a  copy  of  the  work  under  conditions  agreed  upon. 

The  publication  of  the  book  has  been  delayed  somewhat  by  its 
magnitude.  I  trust  the  family  will  take  as  much  pleasure  in  perusing 
its  pages  as  I  have'enjoyed  in  compiling  the  same. 

Very  truly. 

Chicago,  March    i,  igoi 


THE  name  of  Field  is  an  ancient  and  honorable  one  in  England,  and  can  be 
traced  far  back  of  the  Conquest.  Probably  not  a  dozen  families  in  England 
can  prove  so  high  an  antiquity.  The  family  name  of  Field  is  one  of  sev- 
eral, such  as  Wood,  Hill,  etc.,  derived  from  locality.  Persons  with  corres- 
ponding patronymics  may  be  found  in  every  civilized  country.  The  word  originally 
signified  land  on  which  the  timber  had  been  felled,  as  distinguished  from  woodland. 
It  is  evident  from  the  nature  of  its  origin  that  there  are  many  families  of  that  name, 
related  to  each  other,  from  having  two  common  ancestors.  It  was  anciently  written 
De  la  Feld,  or  De  la  Felde,  as  was  also  the  noun  from  which  the  name  was 
derived ;  but  about  the  middle  of  the  fourteenth  century  the  spelling  of  both  was 
changed  to  Field,  or,  in  some  cases,  Feild.  We  find,  for  instance,  in  the  early  edi- 
tions of  the  Bible  the  well  known  words  printed  thus,  "consider  the  lilies  of  the 
feld."  The  fact  of  the  name  being  hereditary  in  the  family  to  which  this  book 
relates  as  early  as  the  middle  of  the  tenth  century,  and  probably  at  a  still  more 
remote  period,  indicates  a  so-called  Norman  origin. 

Freeman  says  in  his  history  of  the  Norman  Conquest  that  there  is  no  well  ascer- 
tained case  of  a  strictly  hereditary  surname  in  England  before  the  Conquest,  and 
that  they  were  a  novelty  at  that  time  in  Normandy,  where  the  custom  was  taking 
root.  After  the  Conquest  there  were  instances  of  hereditary  names  in  England, 
among  the  Norman  families  especially,  if  not  confined  to  them.  With  these  few 
exceptions,  hereditary  surnames  did  not  come  into  use  here  till  about  the  middle 
of  the  fourteenth  century. 

Burke  states  in  one  edition  of  his  "Landed  Gentry,"  under  the  head  of  De  la 
Field,  that  this  family  was  originally  in  Alsace,  near  the  Vosges  Mountains,  where 
it  was  seated  at  the  Chateau  de  la  Feld,  near  Colmar,  from  the  darkest  period  of  the 
middle  ages;  that  the  Counts  de  la  Feld  were  the  once  powerful  proprietors  of 
the  demesnes  and  castles  near  Colmar,  of  which  the  latter  still  bears  their  name. 
These  Lords  had  large  possessions  in  Alsace  and  Lorraine,  and  are  frequently  men- 
tioned in  the  wars  of  those  countries.  The  Croix  d'Or  of  La  Feld,  their  ancient  badge, 
is  still  the  coat  armor  of  the  Delafields.  Hubertus  de  la  Feld  was  the  first  of  his  race 
that  emigrated  to  England.  He  went  over  with  the  crowd  of  foreigners  who 
attended  the  Conqueror  hither,  his  name  appearing  enrolled  as  the  owner  of  lands 
in  the  County  of  Lancaster  in  1069,  the  3rd  of  William  I. 

Burke  also  states  that  others  of  the  name  were  proprietors  of  land  in  the  same 
county  in  the  twelfth  and  thirteenth  centuries,  and  were  descendants  of  Sir  Hurbert- 
us.  We  have  no  authentic  record  of  the  companions  of  the  Conqueror,  and  it  is 
generally  admitted  by  competent  genealogists  that  the  "roll  of  Battle  Abbey"  is 
imperfect,  and  has  been  tampered  with. I  It  does  not,  therefore,  help  us  in  this 
matter.  Burke  is  not  always  reliable,  and  when  the  writer*  wrote  to  him  for  his 
authority  for  the  statements  in  his  book,  he  replied  that  he  had  forgotten  where  he 
found  them,  or  from  whom  he  had  received  them.  The  writer  has  not  often  met 
with  the  name  in  England  prior  to  the  middle  of  the  thirteenth  century.  In  the 
great  roll  of  the  Pipe  there  is  mention  of  a  Hugo  de  la  Felde  under  the  head  of  the 

tAnother  account  says  the  names  of  the  Knights  who  came  over  with  William  to  England  are 
engraved  on  a  tablet  in  a  church  at  Falaise  in  France,  the  birthplace  of  William. 
•Osgood  Field. 



Counties  of  Bucks  and  Beds,  in  the  ist  of  Richard  I.  (1189).  A  little  later  in  the  3rd 
of  John  (1201),  the  following  entry  occurs  in  the  "Rotuli  de  Oblatis" : 
"York  \  '^^®  King  to  all,  etc.  Know  ye  that  Hugh  de  Stueton  to  whom  at  first  we 
(  wrote  for  his  daughter  for  Richard  de  la  Felda,  and  afterwards  for  Robert 
de  Carduel,  has  offered  us  100  marks  of  silver  that  his  daughter  may  freely  marry 
whom  she  pleases,  and  also  offers  to  give  us  more  if  we  are  not  contented  with  this, 
and,  therefore,  we  command  you  if  the  same  Robert  would  give  us  only  so  much  as 
we  can  have  from  others,  we  will  that  he  may  have  that  marriage  and  that  you 
cause  him  to  have  the  aforesaid  daughter  of  the  same  Hugh  without  delay." 

This  extract  affords  a  curious  picture  of  the  manner  in  which  the  hands  of  high- 
born ladies  were  disposed  of  by  the  sovereign  at  that  time. 

As  stated  previously,  the  ancestor  of  the  Field  family,  the  first  of  whom  there 
is  any  record,  was  Hubertus  de  la  Feld,  who  went  to  England  with  William  the 
Conqueror  in  the  year  1066  from  near  Colmar  in  Alsace,  on  the  German  border  of 
France.  He  was  of  the  family  of  the  Counts  de  la  Feld,  who  trace  back  to  the 
darkest  period  of  the  middle  ages,  about  the  sixth  century.  In  Alsace  the  De  la 
Felds  entertained  in  the  eleventh  century  Pope  Leo  IX.  and  his  Court  on  the  way 
to  consecrate  the  Cathedral  of  Strasburgh.  The  edifice  received  many  benefactions 
at  their  hands,  and  several  of  them  are  interred  there  in  the  chanteries  they 

Hubertus  de  la  Feld  received  of  William  the  Conqueror  large  grants  of  land 
for  military  service.  In  the  fourteenth  century,  in  consequence  o€  wars  between 
England  and  France,  the  English  De  la  Fields  dropped  their  French  prefix  De  La  and 
ever  after  wrote  their  name  Field.  As  previously  stated.  Sir  Hubertus,  the  first  in 
England,  settled  in  Lancaster,  near  the  city  of  Chester,  and  from  him  descended 
the  family  in  this  volume. 

Colmar,  or  Kolmar,  Germany,  formerly  in  France,  where  the  Field  family  is 
said  to  have  had  its  origin,  is  the  capital  of  the  imperial  German  district  Ober-Elsass, 
situated  on  the  Lauch  River,  and  not  far  from  the  111  River,  connected  with  Rhine- 
Rhone  Canal  by  a  small  auxiliary  canal,  one  hundred  and  ninety-three  metres  above 
sea  level.  It  is  an  old  town  with  narrow  and  winding  streets.  The  ancient  fortifi- 
cations have  been  made  into  beautiful  promenades.  A  new  portion  has  grown  up 
around  the  railway  station,  where  also  are  located  the  beautiful  district  hall  or  pre- 
fecture (official  residence),  the  water  tower,  the  Field  of  Mars,  and  statues  of  Gen- 
eral Rapp  and  Admiral  Bruat,  both  natives  of  Colmar.  Besides  these  are  to  be 
mentioned:  The  Minster  or  Catholic  parish-church  of  St.  Martin  (thirteenth  or 
fourteenth  century),  with  its  two  steeples,  one  unfinished,  its  magnificent  portals 
and  the  famous  picture  Maria  in  Rosenhag  by  M.  Schongauer,  who  was  a  resident 
of  Colmar;  the  Protestant  church,  the  old  Dominican  monastery,  built  A.  D.  1232- 
1289,  containing  excellent  collections,  i.  e.,  public  library,  artistic,  archaeological, 
ethnographic,  and  natural  history  museums.  Also  a  statue  of  Schongauer  and  one 
of  the  poet  Pfeffel,  the  old  Dominican  church,  the  ancient  market  house,  the  impe- 
rial and  district  court-houses,  the  synagogue,  etc.  The  population  in  1899,  includ- 
ing garrison  of  one  regiment  and  three  battalions,  was  over  30,399.  The  industries 
are  varied  and  considerable  wool  and  cotton  weaving  and  spinning,  silk  cloth, 
twine,  jute,  thread,  starch,  sugar,  breadstuffs,  wagons  and  machinery,  iron  work, 
dyeing,  brewing,  etc.  Commerce  is  regulated  and  supported  by  a  bourse  and  a 
branch  of  the  imperial  bank.  Colmar  is  the  center  point  of  numerous  railway  lines. 
Educational  institutions:  one  lyceum,  two  normal  seminaries,  a  theological  semi- 
nary, a  rabbinical  school,  an  institute  for  midwives,  and  a  society  for  preserving  art 
collections  of  the  city.  Colmar  is  the  seat  of  the  district  government,  the  circuit 
and  supreme  court  of  Alsace-Lorraine,  a  local  court,  the  staff  of  the  twenty-ninth 

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cavalry  brigade,  and  a  district  of  forestry  inspection.  Municipal  government 
comprise  three  magistrates  and  twenty-four  councilmen.  The  manufacturing  town 
Logelbach,  with  its  great  spinning  and  weaving  mills  belongs  to  the  city  of  Colmar. 
The  judicial  district  of  Colmar  comprises  fifteen  local  jurisdictions. 

The  origin  of  the  city  of  Colmar  is  not  known.  Some  say  it  derived  its  name 
from  Collis  Martes,  hill  of  the  war-god  Mars,  and  on  that  eminence  where  now 
stands  St.  Peter's  church  was  a  temple  sacred  to  that  god.  Other  authorities  state 
it  derived  its  name  from  Collis  Marii. 


PROF.  JOHN  FISKE,  the  most  eminent  historian  in  the  country  to-day,  in 
writing  to  the  author  in  relation  to  the  origin  of  names,  says :  The  origin  of 
surnames  is  not  perfectly  clear.  The  largest  and  most  familiar  groups  of  sur- 
names are  either  (i)  patronymics,  such  as  Johnson,  Jones,  Wilson,  etc. ;  or  (2) 
names  of  villages  and  estates,  such  as  Washington,  Frothingham  (a  corruption  of 
Fotheringham),  Greenough  (green  field),  Holmes  (meadow),  Etherston  (Adde's 
Stone),  Stanley  (stony  pasture),  etc. ;  or  (3)  names  descriptive  ot  occupation  or  social 
position,  such  as  Mason,  Carpenter,  Franklin  (country  squire),  Baker  and  its 
feminine  Baxter,  Thatcher  and  Thaxter,  Weaver  and  Webster,  Draper,  Smith, 
Fletcher  (arrow-maker).  Chapman  (merchant),  Cooper,  Butler,  Cartwright,  Sargent, 
Waterman,  Sawyer,  Chandler,  Bishop,  Abbot,  Clark,  Constable,  Spencer  (steward), 
Grosvenor  (chief  huntsman),  Woodward  (forest-keeper),  Youmans  (yeoman),  etc. 

The  earliest  use  of  family  names  in  England  was  about  the  beginning  of  the 
eleventh  century.  Long  before  that  time,  indeed,  clan  names  were  common,  and 
such  were  always  patronymics,  e.  g.,  Fotherings,  the  descendants  of  Fother;  Beor- 
mings,  the  descendants  of  Beorm ;  Icklings,  the  descendants  of  Ickel.  At  the  time 
ot  the  Anglo-Saxon  conquest  of  Britain  (fifth  and  sixth  centuries)  it  was  customary 
for  a  clan  to  settle  in  a  stockaded  village  by  itself,  and  all  English  towns  whose 
names  end  in  ham  or  ton,  preceded  by  ing,  were  originally  the  abodes  of  single 
clans;  e.  g.,  Birmingham,  home  ot  the  children  of  Beorm;  Icklington,  town  ot  the 
children  of  Ickel.  Besides  these  general  clan  names  no  others  were  in  use  except 
individual  names,  such  as  Alfred  or  Edith. 

The  use  of  family  names,  beginning  in  the  eleventh  century,  increased  slowly. 
It  was  not  until  the  fifteenth  century  that  such  names  became  nearly  universal,  and 
also  stationary.  At  first  they  were  shifting  in  usage.  Thus,  the  same  man  might 
be  called  Henry  Wilson,  because  his  father  was  named  William,  or  Henry  Froth- 
ingham, because  he  lived  at  the  village  of  Fotheringham,  or  Henry  Draper,  because 
of  his  occupation.  If  the  son  ot  this  Henry  were  named  Robert,  and  were  any  kind 
of  a  worker  in  metals,  from  an  armourer  to  a  blacksmith,  he  might  be  known  as 
Robert  Harrison  or  Robert  Smith.  Surnames  had  not  ceased  to  fluctuate  in  this 
way  until  the  fifteenth  century,  and  it  was  not  until  late  in  the  sixteenth  that  more 
importance  began  to  be  attached  to  the  family  surname  than  to  the  individual 
baptismal  name.  It  appears,  therefore,  that  m  tracing  back  the  Field  genealogy 
into  the  ninth  century,  we  are  approaching  the  time  at  which  difficulty  must  arise 
from  fluctuations  of  surname.  In  the  thirteenth  century  we  should  be  quite  likely 
to  encounter  such  confusion  and  to  find  the  helpfulness  of  surnames  in  tracing 
genealogies  vastly  diminished. 

Surnames  derived  from  estates  or  localities  seem  to  have  been  the  first  to  be- 
come stationary,  and  next  after  them  the  surnames  derived  from  trade  or  oflBce, 
since  sons  have  so  commonly  followed  their  fathers  in  business. 

We  are  at  first  struck  with  the  tact  that  barbarians  commonly  use  such  names, 
both  for  individuals  and  for  clans.  Such  individual  names  as  Grey  Wolf  or  Yellow 
Raccoon  often  owe  their  origin  to  some  personal  peculiarity  or  to  some  irrecover- 
able incident.  Among  American  Indians,  and  in  general  among  barbarians  all 
over  the  world,  the  clans  are  apt  to  have  such  names  as  Wolf,  Eagle,  Salmon, 
Turtle,  etc. ;  the  totem,  or  symbol  of  the  Wolf  clan,  the  idol  or  image  of  its  tutelar 
deity,  is  likely  to  be  a  rude  image  of  a  wolf  or  wolf's  head ;  and  in  many  cases  the 
clan  is  supposed  to  have  had  a  wolf  for  its  first  ancestor. 



Shall  we  say,  then,  that  animal  surnames  in  modern  English  are  survivals  of 
ancient  heathen  clan-names.  To  this  view  there  seems  to  be  a  serious  objection. 
The  conversion  of  our  English  forefathers  from  heathenism  to  Christianity  was 
completed  in  the  seventh  century,  at  least  four  hundred  years  before  the  earliest 
use  of  surnames  in  England.  The  old  clan  system,  moreover,  had  crumbled  to 
pieces  long  before  the  Norman  Conquest.  It  is  not  likely,  therefore,  that  habits  of 
naming  characteristic  of  the  old  heathen  clans  could  have  persisted  long  enough  to 
give  rise  to  a  whole  class  of  surnames  so  late  as  the  eleventh  and  twelfth  centuries. 

Between  the  ancient  systems  of  totem  devices  and  the  heraldry  of  the  Middle 
Ages  there  were  many  analogies  and  doubtless  some  points  of  connection;  though, 
on  the  whole,  the  former  must  be  regarded  as  the  predecessor  of  the  latter,  not  as 
its  ancestor.  The  mediaeval  heraldry  was  growing  up  in  England  during  the 
eleventh  and  twelfth  centuries,  and  it  made  an  extensive  use  of  conventionalized 
heads  of  tamiliar  animals,  not  merely  lions,  wolves,  and  bulls,  but  many  kinds  of 
bird  and  fish,  as  well  as  such  imaginary  creatures  as  dragons,  griffins,  and  cocka- 
trices. For  example,  Lucy  is  the  heraldic  name  for  pike,  and  the  shield  ot  the  De 
Lucy  family  bears  on  a  field  gules  three  lucies  or.  From  this  emblem  the  family 
surname  is  likely  to  have  arisen,  just  as  Geoffrey  Plantagenet  was  so  called  from 
the  sprig  ot  broom  or  genesta  plant  worn  m  his  helmet.  The  familiar  name  ot 
Pike,  as  well  as  that  of  the  Puritan  magistrate.  Sir  Thomas  Lucy,  who  arrested 
Shakespeare  for  poaching,  has  probably  come  from  the  heraldic  use  of  pikes  or  lucies. 

The  explanation  which  serves  for  one  of  this  class  ot  animal  surnames  might 
perhaps  serve  for  all ;  but  there  is  another  point  to  be  considered.  Heraldic  de- 
vices were  used  not  only  upon  banners  and  coat s-of -arms,  but  also  upon  sign- 
boards, not  merely  of  inns  but  of  other  places  of  business.  In  days  when  reading 
and  writing  were  not  common  accomplishments,  such  devices  were  in  general  use, 
and  they  survived  down  to  a  recent  time.  For  tavern  signs  they  are  not  yet  ex- 
tinct. In  old  times,  as  often  at  the  present  day  in  Europe,  the  shop  and  the  home- 
stead were  usually  contained  in  the  same  building.  Thus  in  the  seventeenth  cen- 
tury the  father  of  John  Milton,  who  was  a  solicitor,  notary  public,  and  law-stationer, 
had  his  office  and  his  home  in  a  certain  house  known  as  the  Spread  Eagle,  in  Bread 
Street,  Cheapside.  Over  the  front  door  was  the  figure  of  an  eagle  with  outstretched 
wings.  For  four  or  five  centuries  before  Milton's  time,  in  going  through  any  town, 
you  would  have  passed  by  a  succession  of  such  signs  of  hawks,  cranes,  dolphins, 
salmon,  lambs,  and  bulls,  thus  finding  your  way  to  the  particular  shop  and  home- 
stead of  which  you  were  in  quest  The  principle  upon  which  the  signs  were  chosen 
is  not  always  obvious.  Sometimes  a  family  name  may  have  suggested  the  sign, 
as  if  a  man  named  Crow  were  to  paint  a  black  crow  over  his  door;  but  in  early 
times  the  signs  undoubtedly  preceded  and  suggested  the  name.  The  family  which 
dwelt  at  the  sign  of  the  crow  came  to  be  called  Crow,  in  the  same  way  that  a  family 
which  dwelt  at  a  country  house  called  Greenough  or  Greenhalge  (green  field)  came 
to  be  called  by  the  name  of  the  house. 

Field  is  derived  from  De  la  Field.  Here  are  a  few  of  the  compound  names 
derived  from  Field.  Arkenfeldt  (German  tor  cornfield),  Banfield,  Barnfield,  Bay- 
field, Bidfield,  Binfield.  Blackfield,  Bloomfield,  Bradfield  (i.  e..  Broad  Field), 
Bromfield,  Butterfield,  By  field,  Cawfield.  Drewfield,  Deerfield,  Fifield,  Fairfield, 
Gaffield,  Garfield,  Greenfield,  Hubberfield,  Handfield,  Hartfield,  Hatchfield,  Hat- 
field, Heathfield.  Kenfield.  Kitfield,  Layfield,  Linsfield,  Littlefield,  Mansfield, 
Marshfield.  Maxfield,  Mirrifield,  Merryfield,  Moorfield,  Redfield,  Readfield,  North- 
field,  Schinfield,  Scholefield,  Scolfield,  Schofield,  Spokesfield,  Stanfield,  Southfield, 
Tuckfield,  Wakefield,  Whitfield  (white  field),  Widdefield  (wide  fielri),  Winefield, 
Winfield,  Westfield, 


THE  arms  borne  by  the  Field  family  of  which  the  author  is  writing  are  what  is 
termed  in  heraldry,  "canting,"  or  "armes  parlantes,"  because  of  their  allusion 
to  the  name — the  garbs  or  wheatsheaves  on  the  shield  being  the  chief  production  ot 
the  fields.  Their  simplicity  is  an  evidence  ot  their  antiquity,  apart  from  the  state- 
ment in  Symonds'  diary  that  he  saw  them  on  monuments  of  knights  of  the  name  of 
Field  in  Madeley  church,  which  were  of  the  thirteenth  century.  It  was  only  during 
the  first  half  of  it  that  coat  armour  came  into  use  in  England.  The  most 
ancient  roll  ot  arms  there,  of  which  any  copy  exists,  is  that  of  the  reign  of  Henry 
III.,  and  is  supposed  by  competent  authorities  to  have  been  made  in  1240  to  1245. 
In  this  the  arms  of  the  Barons  de  Segrave  are  given  as  "sable,  three  garbs  or." 

A  little  later,  in  the  same  century,  the  Earls  of  Chester  assumed  as  their  arms, 
"azure,  three  garbs  or."  Probably  the  Fields  bad  adopted  their  coat  before  these 
two  had  been  used,  and  others  therefore  were  obliged  by  the  laws  of  heraldry  to 
choose  one  differing  in  some  respect  from  those  described ;  they  had  selected  for 
theirs  the  arms  on  the  monuments  in  Madeley  church,  "sable,  three  garbs  argent." 

These  arms,  differenced  by  a  chevron,  were  confirmed  to  John  Field,  of  East 
Ardsley,  in  the  manor  ot  Wakefield,  in  1558,  and  it  has  been  stated  that  they  were 
used  by  Matthew  Field,  of  Wakefield  and  London,  at  about  the  same  time,  and 
are  now  on  an  old  house  at  Crofton,  at  which  place  several  members  of  this  same 
family  resided  in  the  sixteenth  and  seventeenth  centuries. 

It  was  a  serious  matter  at  this  time  for  any  one  to  assume  a  coat  to  which  he 
was  not  entitled  by  right  of  descent,  or  of  a  grant  from  the  College  of  Arms.  The 
Earl  Marshal's  Court  imposed  heavy  fines,  and  sometimes  personal  confinement 
on  those  who  violated  the  laws  of  heraldry.  The  author  would  remark  that  the 
arms  assigned  to  the  Fields  of  Weston  in  the  Hertfordshire  Visitation  of  1664,  are 
identical  with  those  confirmed  to  John  Field  of  East  Ardsley,  and  with  the  crest 
granted  to  him  in  1558,  except  that  the  chevron  is  "engrailed."  The  inference  from 
this  great  resemblance  of  the  two  coats  is,  that  the  Hertfordshire  family  claimed 
relationship  with  that  of  Wakefield  manor,  and  that,  being  of  the  same  stock,  they 
wished  to  found  a  separate  branch. 


Arms  granted  March  9,  1653. 

Field,  of  Stanstedbury,  County  Hertford. 

Field,  of  Oxford. 

Field  or  Feld,  Ardestow,  County  York,  Sept.  4,  1558. 

Field,  Ulceby  Grange,  near  Hull. 

Field,  Horton  Shipley  and  Ardsley,  County  York,  and  Bayside  and  Flushing, 
N.  Y.,  confirmed  to  John  Field,  of  East  Ardsley,  Sept.  4,  1558. 

It  is  a  singular  fact  that  the  City  of  Chester  coat  ot  arms  has  three  garbs  ot 
wheat  like  that  of  the  Field  family.  Sir  Hubertus  de  la  Feld  resided  near  that 
city  and  it  may  be  that  this  part  of  the  Chester  arms  was  copied  from  those  he  bore. 



IN  I220  a  Robert  Feld  was  bailiff  ot  the  city  of  Exeter.  During  the  next  hundred 
years  the  name — somewhat  varied  in  the  spelling — occurs  more  and  more  fre- 
quently, and  is  found  in  the  counties  of  Lancaster,  Hereford,  York,  Hertford,  Kent, 
Gloucester,  Somerset,  Oxford,  and  Surry ;  but,  for  the  reason  already  given,  in  all 
probability  the  persons  named  in  these  different  localities  bore  no  close  relationship 
to  each  other,  except  when  residing  in  the  same  neighborhood. 

About  the  middle  of  the  thirteenth  century  we  first  meet  with  persons  of  the 
name,  who  may  be  considered  on  fair  and  reasonable  grounds  to  have  belonged  to 
the  family  to  which  this  book  relates.  They  are  mentioned  in  the  Coucher  Book, 
or  Chartulary  of  Whalley  Abbey,  concerning  Spotland.  It  appears  from  an  entry  in 
this  register  that  Adam,  son  of  Henry  del  Feld,  sold  his  house  and  land  at  Falenge 
in  Spotland,  and  that  Robert  del  Feld,  son  of  the  former,  executed  a  quit  claim. 
There  is  no  date  to  these  documents;  but  from  surrounding  circumstances  they 
may  be  assigned  to  the  middle  of  the  thirteenth  century,  or  shortly  after.  Spotland 
is  a  suburb  of  Rochdale,  from  which  town  a  high  road  runs  to  Halifax,  passing  by 
Sowerby.*  This  last  named  place  is  only  some  ten  miles  from  Rochdale,  and  we 
find  that  the  Fields  were  seated  there  as  early  as  1306,  and  probably  before  that  date. 
We  may  fairly  suppose  that  those  of  the  name  residing  at  these  two  places  were 
related,  inasmuch  as  they  were  living  at  about  the  same  date  in  the  same  neighbor- 
hood. Not  improbably  Adam  del  Feld  removed  to  Sowerby  after  selling  his  estate 
at  Falenge.  This  is  more  probable,  inasmuch  as  we  find  one  ot  the  family  at  Sow- 
erby in  1333  with  the  uncommon  name  of  Adam,  and  as  he  had  a  house  and  land 
there  in  1336,  and  was  dead  in  1350,  he  was  probably  born  as  early  as  1300.  This 
Adam  is  described  in  the  manor  rolls  as  "son  of  Richard  del  Feld,"  while  another 
Adam  is  mentioned  as  at  Sowerby  in  1349,  who  is  called  in  them  "son  of  Thomas 
del  Feld." 

Rochdale  is  in  Lancashire,  in  which  county  Hubertus  de  la  Feld  held  lands  in 
1069,  and  others  of  the  name  (his  descendants)  had  similar  possessions  there  in 
the  twelfth  and  thirteenth  centuries. 

Before  leaving  this  remote  period,  the  author  would  call  attention  to  a  branch 
then  seated  in  Herefordshire,  who,  judging  from  the  similarity  of  the  arms  borne 
respectively  by  them,  were  related  to  the  Sowerby  family. 

Among  the  officers  in  the  army  of  Charles  I.  was  a  certain  Richard  Symonds,  a 
man  ot  good  family,  and  possessing  antiquarian  tastes.  In  the  course  of  his  wan- 
derings with  the  army,  he  availed  himself  ot  every  opportunity  of  visiting  sudh  ob- 
jects of  interest  in  that  way  as  might  happen  to  be  in  the  neighborhood  where  he 
was  stationed.  He  recorded  his  observations  in  a  diary  written  in  the  years  1644 
and  1645,  which  has  been  published  by  the  Camden  Society.  Among  other  ancient 
edifices,  he  visited  Madeley  Church,  about  five  miles  from  Hereford,  and  he  de- 
scribed, as  follows,  some  ancient  monuments  which  he  saw  there : 

"Madeley  Church,  com.  Hereford.  North  window  church.  Kneeling  figure  ot 
a  knight  in  complete  armor  of  the  thirteenth  century,  with  hands  upraised  in  the 
attitude  of  prayer ;  his  sword  suspended  from  a  highly  enriched  belt,  and  his  sur- 
coat  embroidered  with  Sable,  three  garbs,  argent  (Feld  or  Field),  under  written 
Walt'us  et  Joh'es  Felde,  sword  between  his  legs;"  also,  "Outline  of  an  effigy  of  a 

♦Pronounced  Sorby. 



knight,  upon  which  is  written  'broken,  the  same  garbes. '  Some  of  this  family  of 
De  la  field  built  a  part  of  this  faire  churche,  and  a  house  is  so  called  now." 

The  vicar  of  Madeley  wrote  that  nothing  remains  of  these  monuments,  and  that 
the  oldest  existing  ones  m  the  church  only  date  from  the  reign  ot  Elizabeth,  1558- 
1603.  The  name,  however,  survives  in  a  house  called  "Fielde  Place,"  and  a  mill 
adjoining  styled  "Fielde  mill,"  pleasantly  situated  on  the  "Wye,  about  a  mile  from 
the  church,  and  in  the  parish.  He  adds  that  the  house  has  been  modernized,  and 
exceeds  the  requirements  ot  a  farmer,  though  now  occupied  by  one. 

In  1558  the  same  coat  which  was  on  the  monuments  in  Madley  church,  "differ- 
enced" by  a  chevron,  was  confirmed  to  John  Field  ot  Ardsley.  This  place  is  but  a 
few  miles  from  Sowerby,  and  both  are  in  the  manor  ot  Wakefield,  which  is  the 
cradle  of  the  race  in  England  to  which  this  work  refers.  It  will  be  seen  hereafter 
that  these  arms  were  used  by  other  members  of  the  family  residing  in  this  manor, 
and  at  an  early  date. 

The  celebrated  commercial  town  of  Halifax,  where  the  Fields  resided,  is  situ- 
ated in  the  liberty  of  the  manor  of  Wakefield,  eight  miles  from  Bradford,  and  twelve 
from  Keighley.  Seated  on  the  western  declivity  ot  a  gently  rising  eminence,  but 
surrounded  with  hills  of  considerable  height,  it  seems,  on  approaching  it,  to  stand 
in  a  deep  valley.  The  town  is  about  three-quarters  of  a  mile  in  length,  from  east 
to  west,  but  the  breadth  is  narrow  and  exceedingly  irregular ;  it  is  in  general  well 
built,  partly  of  stone,  partly  of  brick.  The  use  of  the  latter  material  has  been 
brought  into  fashion  only  since  about  the  middle  ot  the  last  century;  and  it  is  said 
that  it  was  introduced  because  the  nice  dressing  of  stone  is  attended  with  great  ex- 
pense. It  is  difficult  to  conceive,  however,  how  brick  can  be  the  cheaper  material, 
on  account  of  the  numerous  quarries  in  the  neighborhood.  It  seems  that  the  in- 
habitants of  Settle,  Skipton,  Keighley,  Bradford,  etc.,  make  a  different  calculation. 
These  towns  are  almost  entirely  built  of  stone,  and  in  the  villages  scarcely  any  brick 
is  seen,  either  in  the  most  elegant  mansions  or  the  humblest  cottages.  Whatever 
may  be  their  reason,  however,  the  people  of  Halifax,  though  living  in  a  land  of 
stone,  seem  to  have  a  strong  predilection  for  brick.*  The  mixture  of  brick  and  stone 
buildings  in  this  town  forms  a  variegated  picture,  and  the  great  number  of  small 
enclosures  in  the  neighborhood,  surrounded  with  stone  walls,  in  the  valleys  and  on 
the  declivities  of  the  hills,  resemble  an  assemblage  of  gardens,  but  the  landscape  is 
almost  entirely  destitute  of  hedges  and  wood. 

Halifax  has  a  good  market  on  Saturday f  where,  beside  provisions,  etc.,  consid- 
erable quantities  ot  woolen  cloths  of  different  sorts  are  sold.  Fairs  are  held  on 
June  the  4th,  and  the  first  Saturday  in  November,  tor  horses,  horned  cattle,  sheep, 
and  swine. 

In  1453  there  were  but  thirteen  houses  in  this  town,  which,  in  one  hundred  and 
twenty  years,  increased  to  five  hundred  and  twenty.  Camden,  when  he  traveled  in 
these  parts,  about  the  year  1580,  was  informed  that  the  number  of  inhabitants  in 
this  parish  was  about  twelve  thousand.  Archbishop  Grindall,  in  his  letter  to  Queen 
Elizabeth,  during  the  northern  rebellion,  also  says,  that  the  parish  of  Halifax  was 
ready  to  bring  into  the  field,  for  her  service,  three  or  four  hundred  able  men.  In 
the  year  1801,  there  were  one  thousand  nine  hundred  and  seventy-three  houses,  oc- 
cupied by  eight  thousand  eight  hundred  and  eighty-six  inhabitants;  and  in  1821  the 
town  contained  twelve  thousand  six  hundred  and  twenty-eight,  personsj  inhabiting 
two  thousand  seven  hundred  and  thirty-four  houses.     In  1828  the  gross  total  of  the 

*Beauties  of  England  and  Wales.— Yorkshire,  p.  743. 

tThe  market  is  held  by  prescription,  which,  through  length  of  time,  is  now  equivalent  to  a 

JThe  entire  parish  contained  ninety-two  thousand  eight  hundred  and  fifty  persons. 

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inhabitants  of  this  extensive  parish  amounted  to  one  hundred  and  tour  thousand 
two  hundred  and  sixty- nine,  an  increase  of  eleven  thousand  two  hundred  and  nine- 
teen since  the  official  census  taken  in  1821. 

The  town  of  Halifax  can  not  boast  of  great  antiquity ;  its  name  is  not  found  in 
Domesday  book,  nor  is  it  mentioned  in  any  ancient  record  before  a  grant  of  its 
church  was  made  by  Earl  Warren  to  the  priory  ot  Lewes,  in  Sussex.  The  origin  of 
its  name  has  been  variously  given:  Dr.  Whitaker  supposes  it  to  be  half  Saxon,  half 
Norman;  and  that  formerly,  in  the  'deep  valley  where  the  church  now  stands,  was 
a  hermitage,  dedicated  to  St.  John  the  Baptist,  the  image  in  the  sanctity  of  which  at- 
tracted a  great  concourse  of  persons  in  every  direction,  and  that  there  were  tour 
roads  by  which  the  pilgrims  entered,  and  hence  the  name  Halifax,  or  Holyways,  for 
fax,  in  Norman  French,  is  an  old  plural  noun,  denoting  highways. 

The  church  stands  near  the  east  end  ot  the  town,  the  chancel  directly  fronting 
the  entrance  from  Wakefield.  It  is  a  large  structure  of  pointed  architecture,  one 
hundred  and  ninety-two  feet  in  length,  and  above  sixty  in  breadth  within  the  walls. 
The  precise  era  of  its  erection  can  not  be  ascertained.  It  is  evident  that  there  was 
no  church  here  at  the  time  of  the  Conqueror's  survey;  for  the  Domesday  book  in- 
forms us  that  in  the  manor  of  Wakefield,  of  which  Halifax  was  a  part,  there  were 
only  two  churches,  and  it  is  clear  that  these  were  at  Wakefield  and  Sandal.  Inter- 
nal as  well  as  external  evidence  fixes  the  erection  of  it  in  the  reign  of  Henry  VI. 
Since  that  time  it  has  been  frequently  re-edified,  and  the  chancel  seems  to  have 
been  an  addition  to  the  original  fabric.  The  steeple,  which  was  built  by  the  munifi- 
cence ot  the  families  of  Lacy  and  Saville,  the  founders  ot  the  parish  of  Halifax,  was 
begun  in  the  year  1450;  and  this  tower,  which  is  well  proportioned,  is  said  to  be  one 
hundred  and  seventeen  feet  in  height  from  the  ground  to  the  summit  of  the  pin- 

Within  the  church  are  two  chapels,  one  on  the  north  side,  the  other  on  the 
south;  the  former  of  these,  called  Rokeby's  chapel  which  is  eleven  yards  and  a 
quarter  in  length,  and  five  yards  and  a  quarter  in  breadth,  was  erected  in  conse- 
quence of  the  will  of  Dr.  Rokeby. 

The  parish  town  of  Thurnscoe  is  situated  eight  miles  trom  Doncaster,  and  has 
a  population  of  two  hundred  and  five  persons. 

The  benefice  is  a  rectory,  dedicated  to  St.  Helen,  and  valued  in  the  Liber 
Regis,  at  11.  7s.  8  i-2d.     Patron,  Earl  Fitzwilliam.     The  church  is  a  neat  edifice. 

The  township  of  Ardsley  is  in  Staincross  wapentake ;  it  contains  nine  hundred 
and  ninety-two  persons.  Here  are  two  considerable  seats — Park  House,  the  resi- 
dence of  B.  Taylor,  Esq.,  and  Ardsley  Hall,  the  seat  of  J.  Micklethwaite,  Esq. 

The  parish  ot  Crotton,  three  miles  and  a  half  east  ot  Wakefield,  has  a  population 
of  four  hundred  and  fitty-nine  persons.  The  benefice  is  a  rectory,  dedicated  to  All 
Saints,  and  valued  in  the  Liber  regis  at  10.  os.  2  i-2d.  It  is  in  the  patronage  ot  the 
crown.  The  church,  a  neat  edifice,  of  the  fifteenth  century,  has  a  good  tower  in  the 

The  parish  of  East  Ardsley  is  situated  on  the  high  road  from  Wakefield  to  Brad- 
ford, being  distant  from  the  former  town  three  miles  and  a  half.  It  has  a  population 
ot  eight  hundred  and  thirty-two  persons.  The  benefice,  a  perpetual  curacy,  valued 
in  the  Liber  regis  at  £11,  is  in  the  patronage  ot  the  Earl  of  Cardigan.  The  church 
is  a  small  but  neat  edifice,  and  contains  tew  objects  worthy  of  notice.  West  Ards- 
ley, near  the  last  village,  has  a  population  of  one  thousand  five  hundred  and  fifteen 
persons.  The  church  is  a  perpetual  curacy,  of  the  clear  value  of  ^31. 5s.  It  is  in 
the  patronage  of  the  Earl  of  Cardigan. 

Another  branch  of  the  Fields  located  at  Wakefield,  which  is  a  large  and  opu- 
lent town,  delightfully  situated  on  the  left  bank  of  the  Calder,  in  the  center  of  the 


parish  and  liberty  to  which  it  gives  name ;  it  is  nine  miles  from  Leeds,  ten  from 
Barnsley,  and  one  hundred  and  eighty-seven  from  London.  The  streets  are,  for  the 
most  part,  regular,  handsome,  and  spacious,  and  the  houses,  which  are  principally 
of  brick,  are  well  built,  large,  and  lofty.  The  market  place,  however,  is  very  small 
and  incommodious,  and  before  the  corn  market  was  removed  into  Westgate,  it  was 
totally  inadequate  to  the  accommodation  of  a  town  of  its  present  magnitude.  In 
the  center  of  the  market,  there  is  a  small  cross,  of  the  Doric  order  of  architecture, 
with  an  open  colonnade  supporting  a  dome,  with  an  ascent  by  an  open  staircase  to 
a  spacious  room,  which  is  lighted  by  a  lantern  in  the  dome  and  in  which  room  the 
commissioners  of  the  streets  hold  their  meetings,  and  other  public  business  is  trans- 
acted. Friday  is  the  market  day  at  Wakefield,  and  a  great  deal  of  business  is  done, 
in  corn  and  wool,  the  latter  of  which  is  sent  here  from  various  parts  of  the  kingdom, 
to  be  disposed  of  by  the  factors  to  the  manufacturers  m  the  adjacent  districts.  The 
fortnight  fairs  for  cattle,  held  here  every  alternate  Wednesday,  are  much  resorted 
to,  and  contribute  to  supply  an  extensive  and  populous  country  to  the  west  with  fat 
cattle,  brought  from  the  north,  the  south,  and  the  east. 

The  manor  ot  Wakefield  is  very  extensive,  including  the  parish  of  Halifax,  and 
stretching  from  Normanton  westward  to  the  verge  of  Lancashire.  It  is  more  than 
thirty  miles  in  length  from  east  to  west,  and  [comprises  upward  ot  one  hundred 
and  fitty  towns,  villages,  and  hamlets,  of  which  Wakefield  and  Halifax  are  the 
chief;  and  upward  ot  one  hundred  and  twenty  thousand  inhabitants  (about  one- 
eighth  ot  the  whole  population  ot  Yorkshire).  It  appears  from  Domesday  Book  to 
have  been  part  of  the  royal  demesnes  of  Edward  the  Confessor,  and  at  the  time  ot 
the  survey  it  belonged  to  the  crown.  How  long  it  continued  in  the  hands  of  the 
king  is  uncertain;  some  assert  that  William  I.,  who  settled  most  of  the  lands  in  the 
kingdom  on  his  Norman  followers,  gave  it  as  a  portion  with  his  daughter  Gundred 
to  William,  Earl  of  Warren.  Others,  with  greater  probability,  say  that  it  remained 
annexed  to  the  crown  till  the  reign  of  Henry  1.,  who  granted  it  to  William,  Earl  of 
Warren  and  Surrey,  in  1116. 

At  the  time  of  the  Domesday  survey,  Wakefield,  with  its  dependencies,  was  in 
the  hands  of  the  crown.  In  this  extensive  manor  there  were  two  churches  and 
three  priests.  "The  churches  may,"  says  Dr.  Whittaker,  "without  the  slightest 
hesitation,  be  assigned  to  Wakefield  and  Sandal;  and  as  we  know  that  a  chapel  ex- 
isted at  Horbury  within  fifty  years  from  this  time,  and  as  chapels  are  never  men- 
tioned in  Domesday,  the  presumption  is,  that  the  third  priest  ministered  at  that 
place.  I  am  further  persuaded,  that  although  the  church  of  Wakefield  was  in  exist- 
ence in  the  Conqueror's  reign,  it  was  not  one  ot  the  original  Saxon  churches,  of 
which,  in  the  hundred  of  Morley,  there  were  only  two. 

Huddersfield  is  one  of  the  five  principal  market-towns  in  the  central  part  of  the 
West  Riding ;  it  is  in  the  liberty  of  the  honor  of  Pontef ract,  eight  miles  from  Hali- 
fax, sixteen  from  Leeds,  twenty-four  from  Manchester,  and  one  hundred  and 
eighty-eight  from  London.  The  town,  which  derives  its  name  from  Oder,  or  Hud- 
der,  the  first  Saxon  colonist  in  the  place,  stands  on  the  river  Colne,  which,  rising 
near  the  source  of  the  Don  above  Holmfirth,  tails  into  the  Calder  near  Nunbrook. 
The  valley  formed  by  this  stream,  with  a  small  quantity  of  level  ground  upon  its 
banks,  comprehends  the  parish  of  Huddersfield. 

Horton  is  a  large  chapelry,  with  a  population  of  seven  thousand  one  hundred 
and  ninety-two  persons.  The  chapel,  a  small  edifice  (consecrated  about  twenty-four 
years  ago)  is  a  perpetual  curacy,  valued  at  ^44;  patron,  the  Vicar  of  Bradford. 



The  commercial  and  populous  town  of  Bradford,*  where  the  Fields  resided,  is 
situate  in  the  liberty  of  the  honor  of  Pontefract,  is  eight  miles  and  a  half  from  Hali- 
fax, ten  miles  from  Leeds,  and  about  the  same  distance  northwest  from  Dewsbury. 
It  is  pleasantly  situated  at  the  junction  of  three  beautiful  and  extensive  valleys. 
It  also  possesses  the  advantage  of  a  navigable  canal,  which  is  cut  from  the  Leeds 
and  Liverpool  canal,  near  the  village  of  Shipley,  about  three  miles  to  the  north  of 
Bradford,  and  penetrates  into  the  heart  of  the  town,  affording  excellent  convenience 
for  the  loading  and  unloading  ot  boats.  There  is  a  market  on  Thursday,  and  fairs 
on  the  1 8th  and  igth  of  June,  and  on  the  gth  and  loth  of  December,  for  horses, 
horned  cattle,  pigs,  etc. 

The  town  of  Bradford  has  thirteen  thousand  and  sixty-four  inhabitants,  occupy- 
ing two  thousand  four  hundred  and  fifty-nine  houses. f 

Bradford  is  pleasantly  situated  on  one  of  the  tributary  streams  of  the  river  Aire, 
formerly  belonging  to  the  great  family  of  Lacy,  Earls  of  Lincoln,  who  had  here  a 
manor  house,  where  previously  had  been  a  castle,  the  site  of  which  is  not  at  this 
time  exactly  known.  Like  many  other  manufacturing  towns,  Bradford,  having 
espoused  the  cause  of  Parliament,  in  the  great  contest  between  that  body  and 
Charles  I.,  was  garrisoned,  and  maintained  a  siege  against  the  royalists.  Sir 
Thomas  Fairfax  came  to  the  assistance  of  the  garrison  with  eight  hundred  foot, 
and  sixty  horse,  which  brought  down  upon  them  the  powerful  army  commanded  by 
the  Duke  of  Newcastle,  who  invested  the  town,  and  attempted  to  storm  it  in  several 
places.     Sir  Thomas  Fairfax  made  a  vigorous  defense. 

The  parish  church,  which  stands  on  the  site  of  an  edifice  much  more  ancient,  is 
a  structure  of  pointed  architecture  of  considerable  antiquity;  it  was  built  in  the 
reign  of  Henry  VI.,  and,  after  fifteen  years'  labor,  finished  in  the  thirty-sixth  year 
of  that  reign  in  1458.  It  comprises  a  nave  and  chancel,  with  aisles,  and  a  tower  at 
the  west  end.  The  interior  is  near,  and  crowded  with  monuments  and  tablets ; 
among  them  is  one  to  Abraham  Sharpe,  the  celebrated  mathematician,  who  died 
Aug.  15,  1742.  The  tower  is  of  later  date,  and  was  not  completed  till  the  twenty- 
third  of  Henry  VII.  in  1508. 

The  chapelry  of  Sowerby  is  very  extensive,  containing  six  thousand  eight  hun- 
dred and  ninety  inhabitants.  The  chapel,  a  neat  edifice,  built  in  1763,  is  a  perpet- 
ual curacy,  dedicated  to  St.  Peter,  and  valued  in  the  parliamentary  returns  at  ;^78. 
Patron,  the  Vicar  of  Halifax.  The  chapel  has  a  chancel ;  within  it  is  a  statue  of 
Archbishop  Tillotson,  erected  in  compliance  with  the  will  of  his  surviving  grand- 
niece,  upward  of  thirty  years  ago.  The  archbishop  was  born  at  Haugh-end,  in  this 
township.  At  Sowerby  was  once  a  castle,  the  foundation  of  which  may  yet  be  seen 
in  a  field  near  the  top  of  the  town,  adjoining  to  which  is  a  piece  of  ground,  called 
the  Hell  Croft,  where,  no  doubt,  the  dead  were  buried.  It  is  not  known  at  what 
time  it  was  built,  but  it  is  clear,  however,  that  during  the  possessions  of  the  Earls 
of  Warren  there  was  a  castle  there. 

North  Ouram  has  six  thousand  eight  hundred  and  forty-one,  and  South  Ouram 
four  thousand  two  hundred  and  fifty-six  inhabitants.  The  hall  at  the  former  village 
is  the  residence  of  J.  F.  Dyson,  Esq.  A  near  chapel  was  built  and  consecrated  in 
1819  at  South  Ouram. 

♦According  to  the  conjectures  of  antiquaries  the  name  of  Bradford  is  derived  from  the  ford 
at  the  bottom  of  the  church  brow;  yet  it  is  diflScult  to  imagine  how  a  water  so  insignificant 
could  have  acquired  the  epithet  of  "broad."  The  term  broad  is,  however,  in  Yorkshire  fre- 
quently applied  to  rivers  which  have  no  peculiar  title  to  that  designation,  and  hence  the  river 
Aire,  where  it  passes  Leeds,  is  by  many  called  the  Broad  Aire. 

tThe  entire  parish  contains  a  population  of  fifty-two  thousand  nine  hundred  and  fifty-four 


William,  Duke  of  Normandy,  commonly  called  the  Conqueror,  landed  in  Eng- 
land Sept.  29,  1066,  and  on  Oct.  14,  1066,  fought  the  battle  of  Hastings,  where  Har- 
old the  King  of  England  was  defeated  and  slain.  As  early  as  the  third  year  of 
William  the  Conqueror,  1068,  Hubertus  de  la  Feld  held  lands  in  the  County  of  Lan- 
caster, near  Chester,  granted  him  for  military  services.  From  official  records  in  the 
various  counties  of  Gloucester,  Hereford,  Herts,  Lancaster,  Middlesex,  Suffolk, 
Surry,  Yorkshire,  and  other  parts  of  England,  the  name  of  De  la  Fell,  De  la  Feld, 
De  la  Felde,  is  found  changed  to  Feld,  Felde,  Feild,  Fielde  and  Field  are  found 
down  to  the  present  time.  Therefore,  the  derivation  ot  the  family  name  of  Field  is 
self-evident.  The  substantive  from  which  it  is  taken  is  feld,  or  as  it  was  written  in 
old  English,  field,  and  is  so  written  by  all  the  old  English  authors.  It  is  also  found 
fheld  down  to  1700;  this  latter  was  probably  used  by  those  who  were  refugees  from 
England  to  Holland,  Wales,  and  Sweden,  who  came  to  America.  John  Horn  Tooke 
in  his  diversions  of  Purley  suggests  that  Field  in  old  English  was  written  Feld, 
Field  land  as  open  land,  and  was  so  used  to  designate  land  where  trees  had  been 
felled  from  forest  or  wood  land. 

In  the  twelfth  year  of  Henry  II.,  mi,  John  de  la  Feld  appears  as  the  owner  ot 
land  in  the  County  of  Gloucester.  The  estate  of  Robertus  de  la  Felde  or  Fielde 
who  appears  in  Parliamentary  writs  as  early  as  13 16  as  one  of  the  lords  of  the 
township  of  Hardwick,  County  of  Gloucester,  is  said  to  have  descended  to  the 
Fields  and  remained  in  the  family  tor  many  generations.  The  place  is  still  called 
Fields  Court.  There  are  the  ruins  of  a  Castle  Field  on  the  river  Calve  in  Glouces- 
tershire, near  the  town  of  Calve,  which  is  said  to  be  very  ancient.  The  same  year 
John  de  la  Feld  appears  as  one  of  the  lords  of  Chelsham,  County  of  Surry.  In 
proof  of  the  identity  of  the  two  families,  it  is  ascertained  that  the  two  names  are 
found  in  the  same  parts  of  England;  for  instance,  in  the  County  of  Hereford,  a 
county  very  rich  in  ancient  names  of  families,  frequent  mention  is  made  of  the 
de  la  Felds  and  de  la  Feldes  in  the  reign  ot  Edward  II.,  1280,  and  were  common 
before  the  reign  of  Richard  IV.  The  prefix  de  la  was  dropped  by  many  families  in 
the  fourteenth  century  on  account  of  the  wars  with  France  having  made  it  unpopu- 
lar. The  first  without  the  prefix  is  found  in  Halifax  and  Sowerby  as  early  as  1360, 
and  about  1445  it  entirely  disappears.  In  those  localities  where  the  de  la  Felds 
were  the  most  numerous  between  the  eleventh  and  fourteenth  centuries  in  the 
counties  of  Lancaster,  Gloucester,  Hereford,  Herts,  and  others,  we  find  the  Felds  or 
Fields  settled  between  the  fourteenth  and  sixteenth  centuries.  Sometimes  the  two 
names  are  met  with  in  the  same  locality,  but  at  different  periods.  The  name  also 
appears  at  a  very  early  period  without  the  prefix  de  la  in  Ardsley  and  Bradford  in 
the  West  Riding  of  Yorkshire,  which  borders  on  Lancashire,  migrating  from  west 
to  east  and  came  from  the  latter  county.  One  of  the  earliest  probate  records  is  in 
1480,  when  letters  of  administration  of  the  estate  of  "William  Feld  of  Bradford" 
were  granted  April  21,  1480,  to  his  widow  Katherine. 

As  the  family  is  found  seated  at  Horton,  about  two  miles  from  Bradford,  a  few 
years  later,  it  is  probable  that  this  was  the  residence  of  William  Feld,  and  the 
description  (of  Bradford)  refers  to  the  parish  rather  than  the  town,  as  the  registers 
of  Bradford  church  only  go  back  to  1596.  Beside  the  branch  at  Horton,  the  Felds 
or  Fields  are  found  seated  between  the  years  1500  and  1600  at  several  places  within 
a  radius  of  ten  miles  of  Bradford,  and  were  descendants  of  William  Feld  who  died 
in  1480.  They  are  also  found  at  Cropton,  in  the  parish  of  Stansfield  and  close  to 
Lancashire;  at  Sharleston,  near  Wakefield;  at  Ardenton  or  Ardsley,  between  the 
latter  place  and  Bradford;  at  Beiston,  near  Leeds;  at  Halifax  and  the  contiguous 
parishes  of  Kirkheaton  and  Almondbury.  In  Lyson's  "Environs  of  London,"  Vol. 
4,  page  258,  is  found  Edward  Field  of  Marden,  and  afterward  of  Stanstead  Burg 


County  of  Herts,  Esq.,  died  the  3d,  buried  the  -yth  June,  1676,  aged  56,  at  Sheeps- 
hall.  He  married  Frances,  third  daughter  of  William  Pert,  Esq.,  of  Arnoldo, 
County  of  Essex,  and  widow  of  Charles  Nodus  of  Sheepshall,  Esq.,  who  died  Oct. 
15,  1656,  aged  48;  she  died,  buried  at  Sheepshall,  Sept.  18,  1690,  aged  80.  The 
adowson  of  the  vicarage  of  Stanstead  Abbott  in  the  time  of  Henry  II.  was  given  by 
Roger  de  Wancy  to  the  Prior  and  Canons  of  Merton  in  the  County  of  Surry,  in 
whom  it  continued  until  their  dissolution,  when  it  came  into  the  possession  ot  the 
crown,  and  in  1550  and  1552  was  in  the  gift  ot  Lady  Mary,  sister  of  Edward  VI., 
afterward  Queen  of  England.  But  the  next  vacancy  was  in  Edward  Baesh,  Esq., 
lord  of  the  manor  of  Stanstead,  in  whose  family  and  name  it  continued  until  it  was 
sold  with  the  manor  to  Edmund  Field,  Esq.,  A.  D.  1676,  and  is  at  present  vested  in 
Wm.  Henry  Field,  Esq.,  lord  of  that  manor.  Edmund  Field,  Esq.,  died  in  February, 
1719,  aged  43,  buried  at  Stanstead,  and  was  a  relative  of  John  Field,  the  astrono- 
mer, as  their  coat  of  arms  is  identical. 

The  name  of  John  De  la  Feld  occurs  m  11 12,  the  twelfth  of  Henry  I.,  as  a  pro- 
prietor in  the  counties  of  Lancaster  (where  Sir  Hubertus  settled)  and  Bucks;  of 
Robert  De  la  Feld  without  a  date,  and  of  John  De  la  Feld  in  the  thirty-eighth  and 
forty-third  of  Henry  III.,  1254-59.  John  De  la  Feld  witnessed  two  deeds  in  the 
same  years  on  the  marriages  of  his  son  and  daughter,  viz.,  John,  and  Elizabeth  who 
married  Norman  D'Arcy. 

John,  the  son,  espoused  in  1254,  the  thirty-eighth  of  Henry  III.,  Elizabeth  Fitz- 
warine,  daughter  of  the  Lord  Warden  ot  the  marches  in  the  north.  Their  children 
were  John,  Hubert,  and  Nichols. 

Elizabeth,  daughter  of  John,  married  1259,  forty-third  of  Henry  III.,  Norman 
D'Arcy,  of  Norton,  in  the  County  of  Lincoln,  and  had  Philip,  afterward  Lord 
D'Arcy,  in  Parliament  in  1299;  Sir  John  D'Arcy,  a  very  distinguished  personage, 
was  justice  of  Ireland  and  was  in  Parliament  as  baron  in  1332,  and  Robert  D'Arcy, 
of  Starlingburgh,  Lincoln  County. 

John  De  la  Feld  (John,  John)  married  in  1289,  in  the  fifteenth  of  Edward  L, 
Maude,  daughter  and  heir  ot  Montacute,  and  had  two  sons,  Hubert  and  John,  can- 
rvon  of  the  abbey  church  at  Hereford. 

Hubert  De  la  Feld  (John,  John,  John)  married  in  1318,  the  eleventh  of  Edward 
II.,  his  cousin,  the  daughter  and  heir  of  Falke  Fitzwarine,  and  had  John. 

John  De  la  Feld  (J"ijin,  John,  John,  John)  married  in  1350,  in  the  twenty-third 
of  Edward  III,  Margaret  de  Tyringham,  and  had  three  sons,  Robert,  Thomas,  and 

Thomas  De  la  Feld  (John,  John,  John,  John,  John)  married  in  1372,  the  forty-fifth 
of  Edward  III.,  Elizabeth,  his  kinswoman,  daughter  of  Thomas  Butler,  second  son  of 
Thomas,  Earl  of  Ormonde,  and  great-great-granddaughter  of  Elizabeth  De  la 
Feld,  wife  of  Norman  D'Arcy.  Thomas  fell  soon  after  his  marriage  in  the  French 
wars,  and  leaving  no  issue,  his  estate  was  given  to  his  brother  Robert. 

Robert  De  la  Feld  (John,  John,  John,  John,  John)  married  in  1378,  in  the  fifty- 
first  of  Edward  III.,  Elinor  Butler,  sister  of  his  brother's  wife  and  co-heir  with  her 
of  their  father,  Hon.  Thomas  Butler.  By  her  Robert  had  a  daughter,  Anne,  abbess 
ot  a  convent  at  Lancaster,  and  a  son,  Robert. 

Robert  De  la  Feld  (Robert,  John,  John,  John,  John,  John)  married  in  141 1  in 
the  twelfth  of  Henry  IV.,  Alice,  daughter  and  heiress  of  Sir  Reginald  de  Grey,  and 
had  a  son,  Thomas. 

Sir  Thomas  De  la  Feld  (Robert,  Robert,  John,  John,  John,  John,  John)  wrote 
himself  of  Ailesbury  or  Ardsley,  in  England,  and  of  the  lordships  of  Fieldstone  and 
Culdufife  in  the  County  of  Kildare  in  Ireland.      This,  Sir  Thomas  married  in  1438, 


in  the  sixteenth  of  Henry  VI.,  Katherine,  only  daughter  of  Sir  Thomas  de  Roch- 
fort,  and  had  a  son,  Sir  John. 

In  the  year  1454,  in  the  thirty-third  year  of  the  reign  of  Henry  VI.,  a  John 
Field  was  sheriff  of  London.  There  is  no  question  but  that  the  present  name  of 
Field  is  a  contraction  of  De  la  Feld,  and  in  the  account  of  Delafield  of  Fieldston, 
previously  referred  to,  De  la  Field  is  indeed  changed  to  Delafield,  which  shows  a 
common  origin  with  the  Fields,  and  the  name  is  continued  to  the  time  Burke's  work 
was  published  in  1833. 

It  is  evident  that  Feild,  Fielde,  and  Field  is  an  ancient  name  in  England,  with- 
out the  prefix,  certainly  as  far  back  as  1392.  It  is  said  that  Dr.  Richard  Field,  a 
distinguished  divine,  who  was  chaplain  to  both  Queen  Elizabeth  and  James  li ,  was 
a  native  of  the  County  of  Hertford,  bom  in  1561,  about  six  miles  from  St.  Albans, 
"of  a  family  very  ancient  and  of  good  repute  in  the  countrie."  He  was  the  author 
of  the  "Book  of  the  Church,"  a  work  of  note  in  its  day,  and  which  still  keeps  its 
place  in  the  literature  of  the  Church  of  England,  as  it  was  re-published  at  Oxford  in 
1843  in  tour  volumes,  8  vo.  His  biographer  relates  that  he  was  born  on  an  estate 
which  had  been  in  the  family  for  some  generations,  as  he  used  to  say  that  out  of 
the  house  in  which  he  was  born  there  had  died  but  three  housekeepers  in  160  years; 
so  much  were  his  ancestors  blessed  with  length  of  days.  This  was  said  while  his 
father  was  living,  and,  of  course,  referred  to  his  grandfather  and  two  generations 
before  him,  which  would  carry  the  family  back  into  the  fourteenth  century. 

In  Wood's  Athange,  John  Field  or  Feld  is  mentioned  as  a  citizen  of  London, 
who  figured  as  a  zealous  protestant  and  was  a  great  enemy  to  Sir  Thomas  More, 
who  was  beheaded  July  6,  1555.  In  Philip  Morant's  "History  and  Antiquities  of 
Essex,"  occurs  the  name  of  another  John  Field,  who  died  in  1477,  who  held  the 
manor  of  Stypyll,  or  Stepyl  Hall,  and  later  appears  in  the  same  county  one  William 
Field,  Esq.,  who  married  Arabella,  daughter  of  Earl  Rivers,  by  whom  he  had  Rich- 
ard, an  officer  in  the  army;  William  of  the  Inner  Temple,  Esq.,  and  Elizabeth,  wife 
of  Sir  Richard  Lloyd,  Knight  of  the  "Barons  of  the  Exchequer."  Walter  Field, 
clerk,  is  set  down  at  Provost  of  Ryngges  College,  Cambridge,  in  the  reign  of  Ed- 
ward IV.,  about  1450.  Another  Walter  of  Radley,  County  of  Gloucester,  died  in 
the  reign  of  Richard  III.  These  connections  might  be  traced  to  any  extent  from 
wills  proved  in  the  Doctors  Commons.  The  name  was  and  still  is  a  familiar  one 
both  in  England  and  the  provinces.  Many  of  the  names  appear  in  the  clergy  list, 
and  some  have  been  raised  to  a  bishopric.  In  a  book  called  "Patterson's  Roads" 
(eighteen  edition)  are  designated  a  number  of  country  seats  belonging  to  gentle- 
men by  the  name  of  Field  in  different  parts  of  England.  John  Wilmer  Field,  a  de- 
scendant of  William  Feld  (which  see),  has  estates  in  the  three  Ridings  of  Yorkshire, 
and  seats  at  Helmsley  Lodge  and  Heaton  Hall.  To  further  sustain  the  descent  of 
the  Fields  from  the  Counts  De  la  Fell,  or  Feld,  the  visitation  in  the  Heralds  College 
show  families  of  the  name  at  that  time  entitled  to  wear  the  coat  of  arms,  in  the 
counties  of  Gloucester,  Hertford,  and  Somerset,  and  the  century  before  in  York- 
shire. The  arms  of  the  De  la  Felds,  or  Delafields,  of  Maddy,  County  of  Hereford 
(sable,  three  garbs  argent)  are  the  same  as  those  borne  by  any  branch  of  the  Field 
family,  which  goes  to  show  they  are  of  the  same  origin  with  that  of  Yorkshire,  ex- 
cept the  arms  of  the  latter  bear  a  chevron  which  was  often  used  as  a  "difference," 
i.  e.,  to  distinguish  different  branches  of  the  same  family.  The  arms  are  of  the 
most  simple  character,  of  the  most  ancient  ones,  and  were  doubtless  used  by  the 
family  before  grants  originated.  The  garb  or  wheat  sheaf  is  one  of  those  plays  on 
the  name  so  frequently  met  with  in  heraldry,  it  being  the  chief  production  of  the 
fields,  and  therefore  a  proper  emblem  for  a  family  of  that  name.  The  arms  are 
found  with  the  sole  difference  that  the  chevron  is  "or"  (gold)  on  a  roll  in  the  Her- 


aids  College  of  London  which  is  one  of  a  collection  made  in  1580  and  styled  at  that 
date  "an  ancient  roll."  The  officials  of  the  office  attribute  it  to  the  reign  ot  Edward 
IL,  about  1200.     They  are  called  the  arms  of  Feld. 

In  the  sixteenth  century  the  name  is  illustrated  by  a  distinguished  astronomer, 
John  Field,  who  was  the  first  to  introduce  the  Copemican  system  into  England. 
Copernicus  died  in  1543,  leaving  as  a  legacy  to  the  world  his  great  work  on  "The 
Revolution  of  the  Celestial  Orbs, "  in  which  he  overthrew  the  system  of  Ptolemy 
which  had  ruled  the  world  for  two  thousand  years.  It  embodied  the  labor  of  his 
life,  and  the  first  copy  ot  his  work  was  brought  to  him  on  his  death-bed.  Attacking 
so  boldly  the  general  belief  of  mankind,  the  new  system  made  its  way  very  slowly 
among  the  scientific  men  of  Europe,  and  is  proof  at  once  of  the  clearness  of  mind 
of  this  English  mathematician  and  of  his  intellectual  intrepidity,  that  he  so  quickly 
saw  its  truth  and  at  once  stood  forth  in  its  defense.  In  the  year  1556,  thirteen 
years  after  the  death  of  Copernicus,  John  Field  published  the  first  astronomical 
tables  that  ever  appeared  m  England,  calculated  on  the  basis  of  the  new  discover- 
ies, and  thus  made  the  true  system  of  the  universe  familiar  to  the  dawning  science 
of  Great  Britain.  In  the  Gentleman's  Magazine  for  May,  1834,  first  part,  page  491, 
is  a  biographical  sketch  of  this  eminent  man,  who  is  styled  the  Proto  Copernican  of 
England,  by  the  Rev.  Joseph  Hunter,  keeper  of  one  of  the  record  offices,  and  a  well 
known  antiquarian  of  London.  It  was  in  recognition  of  this  great  service  that  he 
received  a  patent  which  was  confirmed  in  the  Archers  Court  of  Heraldry,  Sept.  4, 
1558,  in  the  fifth  to  sixth  of  Philip  and  Mary,  to  wear  the  family  arms,  also  at  the 
same  time  in  addition,  the  following  crest  was  granted  him,  which,  in  the  language 
of  Heraldry,  would  be  a  dexter  arm  issuing  out  of  clouds  proper  fessways,  habited 
gules  holding  an  armillary  sphere  by  its  axis.  The  Heralds  visitation  of  Yorkshire 
in  1584-5  records  the  name  of  himself,  wife,  and  children.  His  biographer,  speaking 
of  the  addition,  says  there  was  meaning  if  not  poetry  in  this;  a  red  right  arm  issu- 
ing from  the  clouds  and  presenting  a  golden  sphere,  intimating  the  splendor  of  the 
Copemican  discovery,  a  light  from  the  heavens  above. 

In  March,  1653,  Edmund  Field  of  Weston,  Herts,  of  a  family  long  seated  in 
that  county,  obtained  a  grant  of  the  same  arms,  except  that  the  chevron  was  en- 
grailed. The  date  of  John  Field's  marriage  is  not  known.  He  probably  married 
about  1560,  Jane,  daughter  of  John  Amyas,  Esq.,  of  Kent  County,  England.  From 
the  time  of  his  marriage  to  1584,  Hunter  in  his  sketch  says,  "Little  if  anything  was 
heard  of  him,"  but  in  1584-5,  he  answered  the  summons  of  the  Heralds  who  visited 
the  County  ot  York  in  those  years,  when  he  gave  an  account  of  his  right  to  arms 
and  crest,  of  his  marriage  and  of  his  issue,  which  were  eight  sons  and  one  daughter, 
and  his  residence  at  Ardsley,  or  Ardslow,  a  village  ot  the  Wapentake  of  Morley, 
situated  about  four  miles  north  of  the  town  ot  Wakefield  on  the  public  road  to 
Bradford.  He  died  in  1587,  for  his  will  is  dated  Dec.  28,  1586,  and  probated  May  3, 
1587.  In  his  will  he  describes  himself  thus:  "John  Field  of  Ardslow,  former  some- 
tymes  studente  in  the  mathematical  sciences."  His  biographer  says:  "The  ap- 
pointments respecting  his  property  show  that  he  was  a  man  of  substance  and  of  a 
generous  and  liberal  mind.  To  his  wife  he  gave  all  his  interest  in  the  farmhold 
and  a  corn  mill  appurtenant  thereto.  He  was  not  without  his  trials,  for  to  his  eldest 
son  whom  he  describes  as  his  'disloyal  and  loose-lived  son  Richard,'  he  gave  one 
silver  spoon  in  full  payment  and  satisfaction  ot  his  child's  part,  and  if  not  satisfied 
with  it  that  he  lose  the  benefit  of  it.  To  his  two  sons,  James  and  Martin  Field,  he 
gave  "all  his  plate  and  jewels  of  gold  and  silver."  The  rest  and  residue  of  his 
estate  he  gave  to  his  eight  youngest  children  to  be  equally  divided  between  them. 
He  gave  in  his  will  a  penny-dole  to  500  poor  folks,  and  a  dming  to  all  bis  poor 
neighbors.      Referring  back  to  the  early  authentic  records  in  England  to  William 


Feld  of  Bradtord,  whose  will  is  dated  in  1480,  and  letters  of  administration  granted 
to  his  widow,  Kalherine,  April  21,  1480;  he  left  two  sons  whose  names  1  have  not 
been  able  to  ascertain.  Richard  Felde,  grandson  of  William  and  Katherine,  ot 
East  Ardsley,  whose  will  is  dated  19th  of  August,  and  proved  Dec.  9,  1542,  his 
widow,  Elizabeth,  co-executor  with  his  son  John  and  brother  Thomas,  supervisor. 
There  is  no  mention  of  any  other  children  in  his  will,  but  his  son  John  the  Astron- 
omer, who  was  born  about  1520. 

The  will  ot  Jane,  widow  ot  John  Field,  is  dated  July  17,  1609,  and  she  was  bur- 
ied at  East  Ardsley,  Aug.  3,  1609.  They  had  nine  children — Richard,  born  in  1562; 
Matthew,  born  in  1563;  Christopher,  born  in  1565;  John,  born  in  1568;  William, 
born  in  1570;  Thomas,  born  in  1572;  James,  born  in  1574;  Martin,  born  in  1577; 
Ann,  born  in  1580.  The  oldest.  Richard,  was  disinherited  by  his  father.  Matthew, 
lord  of  the  manor  of  Thumscoe,  named  in  his  mother's  will,  died  June  2,  1631. 
Letters  ot  administration  granted  to  his  son,  Matthew,  Aug.  4,  1631.  Christopher 
not  named  in  his  mother's  will.  John  not  named  in  his  mother's  will.  William  ot 
Thumscoe.  executor  of  his  mother's  will.  Thomas  named  in  his  mother's  will,  in 
which  she  calls  him  her  third  son.  James,  Martin,  or  Ann  are  not  named  in  their 
mother's  will.  By  their  not  being  named,  Mr.  Osgood  Field  thinks  they  were  not 
living,  which  is  a  matter  of  doubt,  as  they  may  have  espoused  the  Puritan  cause 
and  left  England.  Ffosi  [papers  belonging  to  the  late  RJr.  Richard  Field  of  Brook- 
lyn, N.  Y.,  who  died  Nov.  23,  1875.  now  in  the  possession  of  his  son,  Mr.  Charles 
M.  Field,  ot  Brooklyn,  say  that  Matbew  Field,  sqn  of  John  and  Jane  (Am}  as),  had 
a  son,  James,  born  in  1587,  who  had  a  son,  Robert,  born  in  1610,  who  emigrated  in 
1636,  to  Boston,  and  in  1645  to  Flushing,  L.  I.  They  also  have  a  tradition  in  their 
families  that  Zechariah  was  related  to  Robert,  but  not  so  near  as  first  cousin,  but 
that  they  were  descended  from  the  same  stock  within  a  few  generations  he  had  no 
doubt.  From  various  sources  and  from  a  tradition  handed  down  in  the  different 
tamilies,  that  Zechariah  Field  had  two  brothers,  who  came  over  with  him  or  a  few 
years  later.  I  find  Darby  Field,  who  was  a  refugee  and  escaped  from  England  to 
Sweden,  and  came  from  there  to  Boston  in  1636,  and  in  1638  removed  to  Exeter, 
N.  H.,  in  1648,  to  Dover,  N.  H.,  where  he  died  in  1649.  The  probability  is  that  the 
other  brother  was  Richard  or  Henry,  as  both  of  those  came  over  in  1635,  and  one  of 
them  settled  in  Virginia,  and  was  probably  an  adherent  of  the  Church  ot  England. 
The  Virginia  families  say  their  ancestor  had  a  brother  who  settled  in  Massachu- 
setts. William  and  John  Field  came  to  Boston  in  the  ship  Lion,  which  sailed  about 
the  middle  of  August,  1631,  and  arrived  in  Boston,  Nov.  4,  1631.  They  settled  in 
1638  in  Providence,  R.  I.  There  has  also  been  a  tradition  handed  down  in  the  fam- 
ilies of  Zechariah  Field  that  his  brothers  had  to  leave  England  on  account  ot  polit- 
ical and  religious  troubles,  and  lost  their  property  by  confiscation,  which  may  ac- 
count for  John  Field  disinheriting  his  son  Richard,  and  the  others  not  being  named 
in  their  mother's  will  and  leaving  her  property  to  her  sons  Mathew  and  William, 
and  apparently  none  to  any  of  the  others.  The  theory  ot  Mr.  Osgood  Field  may  be 
incorrect  in  thinking  Christopher,  John,  and  Ann  were  not  living  at  the  date  of  their 
mother's  will,  because  of  their  not  being  mentioned  in  it.  Those  were  troublous 
times  in  England  when  households  were  divided  by  strong  political  and  religious 
feuds,  and  it  is  not  improbable  that  they  might  have  fled  to  Holland,  Sweden,  or 
Wales.  In  Shakespeare's  comedies  is  found  a  Nathaniel  or  Nat.  Field,  as  he  was 
usually  called,  son  of  a  Puritan  preacher,  born  in  London  in  1587.  His  name  first 
appears  in  our  dramatic  literature  as  one  ot  the  children  ot  Queens  Chapel.  In 
1607  he  played  in  Bussy  De  Ambois,  in  George  Chapman's  tragedy  of  that  name. 
He  attained  great  eminence  in  his  profession.  He  was  not  only  an  actor,  but  an 
author,  and  a  recognized  wit.     One  ot  his  jokes  was:     A  nobleman  connected  with 


him,  but  whose  branch  ot  the  family  spelled  their  name  Feild.  asked  him  how  this 
difference  in  spelling  the  name  came  about.  "1  do  not  know,"  said  Nat,  "unless  it 
was  because  my  branch  ot  the  family  was  the  first  that  learned  to  spell."  He  was 
a  fellow  ot  Dulwich  College,  where  a  portrait  of  him  still  exists,  which  shows  him  to 
have  been  a  f?ne-looking  man. 

In  161Q  the  name  of  Field  occurs  as  the  seventh  in  a  patent  granted  by  King 
James  II.  There  was  a  Francis  Field,  rector  of  Middleton  Stoney,  County  ot  Ox- 
ford. In  his  will,  dated  Oct.  14,  1616,  he  bequeaths  a  legacy  toward  bringing  up 
"Francis,  son  of  brother  Zachary  Field,  deceased."  Apparently,  the  testator  had 
no  children,  as  none  are  named  in  the  will.  He  names  his  wife  Frances,  his  father 
Henry  Field,  the  elder  of  Barkhamstead,  County  Hertford,  his  mother  Margaret, 
his  brother  Henry,  and  William  Silmett,  son  ot  his  sister,  and  Robert  G.,  ot  St. 
Albans.  The  will  of  Henry  Field,  Sr.,  is  dated  Aug.  lo,  1620,  in  which  he  describes 
himself  of  Barkhampstead,  manufacturer  of  cloth ;  he  appoints  his  wife  Margaret 
and  son  Henry  executors,  and  names  his  son-in-law  Robert  Silmett. 

There  was  a  numerous  family  ot  Fields  seated  in  Hertfordshire  from  an  early 
date,  and  in  the  neighborhood  ot  St.  Albans.  Mr.  William  Field  descended 
through  his  grandson  William  (cousin  of  John),  through  his  son  William,  and  his  son 
Robert  baptized  at  Halifax  March  9,  1605-6,  who  is  named  in  his  father's  and  moth- 
er's wills,  and  it  is  claimed  this  Robert  Field  is  the  same  person  that  is  found  at 
Newport,  R.  I.,  Aug.  23,  1638;  that  is  found  in  Flushing,  L.  I.,  in  1645,  which  does 
not  agree  with  Mr.  Josiah  Field's  records,  or  those  of  the  late  Mr.  Richard  Field, 
whose  account  ot  the  Flushing  family  he  says  has  many  inaccuracies,  but  does  not 
point  them  out.  If  he  is  not  descended  from  John  Field,  the  astronorner,  what 
right  has  he  to  use  the  crest  granted  him  in  1558  ot  a  sphere,  in  addition  to  his 
family  coat  ot  arms? 


IN  the  subsidy  roll  of  6th  Henry  VIII.  (1514-15),  John  Feyld  is  assessed  under  the 
head  of  Sharleston,  a  place  in  the  parish  of  Warnfield.  two  or  three  miles  south- 
east of  Wakefield.  Among  the  wills  at  York  is  that  of  this  same  person,  "John 
Feld,  of  Sharleston,"  dated  June  28th,  1522,  in  which  he  desires  "my  bodie  to  be 
beried  in  the  chirche  garthe  of  Warmfeld."  and  names  in  it  his  sons,  Henry, 
Lionell,  and  "Umfray,"  and  his  brother,  Henry  Feld.  Among  the  witnesses  are 
Richard  Feld  and  "John  Jobe  (or  Jube),  senior."  It  was  proved  July  8th  of  the 
same  year.  In  the  subsidy  roll  of  15th  Henry  VIII.  (1523-24),  Humfrey  Feyld, 
Robert  Feyld,  and  Richard  Feyld  are  assessed  under  the  head  of  "Sharleston." 
On  April  18,  158B,  Robert  Field,  "of  Sharleston  in  the  parish  of  Warmfeld,"  made 
his  will,  in  which  he  mentions  his  wife  Margaret,  Sister  Janet,  and  daughters  Eliza- 
beth, Agnes,  Dorothy,  Anne,  and  Jane.  The  will  of  "Robert  Feld  ofCroston* 
(Cross-stone)  in  the  parish  of  Stansfield,  husbandman,"  is  dated  May  7,  1525.  He 
divides  his  property  among  his  children,  whom  he  does  not  name.  He  mentions 
his  brother,  i.  e,,  brother-in-law,  John  Job,  or  Jub.  It  is  witnessed  by  Brian  Feld 
and  Robert  Feld,  and  was  proved  by  his  widow,  Joan,  and  Thomas  Feld,  chaplain. 
The  occurrence  of  the  name  of  John  Job,  or  Jub,  in  this  last  will,  and  in  that  of 
John  Feld  of  Sharleston,  would  seem  to  indicate  a  relationship  between  the  testa- 
tors, although  the  parishes  of  Stansfield  and  Warmfield  are  as  far  apart  as  any  ot 
the  places  named  where  the  Fields  were  seated  in  the  fifteenth  and  sixteenth  cen- 
turies. The  author  would  mention  that  the  name  "Jubbe"  occurs  in  the  visitation 
of  Yorkshire  of  1563-64.  In  1604  John  Field,  of  Cross-stone,  husbandman,  names  in 
his  will  his  son  Edmund,  and  daughters  Frances  Bourke,  Jesabel,  Anne,  Susan,  and 

We  find  in  the  parish  registers  of  Halifax,  the  burials  of  Richard  Feylde  in 
1540,  Elizabeth  Feyld  in  1547,  and  of  Edward  Feld  in  1551,  all  of  that  town.  The 
will  of  another  Richard  Field  of  Halifax,  dated  December  8,  1557,  and  proved 
22nd  ot  same  month,  names  his  wife  Ellen,  and  children  Christopher,  Robert,  and 
Elizabeth ;  also  a  child  unborn.  The  Halifax  registers  record  the  baptisms  of 
Robert  in  1552,  Elizabeth  in  1555,  and  Richard  in  1558,  all  described  as  children  of 
"Richard  Feld,"  of  Halifax. 

In  1555  the  marriage  of  Gilbert  Feld  and  Isabella  Harpur  is  recorded,  and  in  the 
baptismal  entries  of  their  children,  as  below,  he  is  described  as  of  Halifax,  viz.,  in 
1556,  "Sibil,"  1557,  Annis,  1560,  Gilbert,  and  1564,  Johanna.  Probably  this  last 
Gilbert  is  the  person  of  that  name  mentioned  in  the  Wakefield  rolls  in  1583  and 
1592.  In  1584  Frances,  daughter  ot  Richard  Feld  of  Halifax,  was  baptized,  and  in 
1630  "Jonas,  son  of  John  Field,  of  Halifax,"  buried. 

In  the  Wakefield  Manor  rolls,  under  Alverthorpe,  there  is  mention  of  land 
there  in  possession  of  John  Feld  in  1532  and  of  Roger  Feild  in  1607.  1°  1610 
Roger  and  William  Feild  were  tenants  there,  and  in  the  following  j^ear  ' '  Roger 
Feild  de  Wakefield,  chapman,"  took  of  the  waste  at  Alverthorpe. 

He  is  doubtless  the  Riger  Feeld,  against  whom,  in  conjunction  with  Robert 
Smythe,  a  certain  Leonard  Foster  brought  an  action,  March  20,  1559-60,  as  appears 
by  the  Duchy  of  Lancaster  Pleadings ;  wishing  to  have  these  two  removed  from  the 

•  Crosstone,  near  Todmorden,  and  about  half  a  dozen  miles  west  of  Halifax. 



custody  of  the  daughters  and  lands  of  Roger  Pollard,  of  Wakefield,  deceased,  on  the 
ground  that  they  were  the  next  heirs,  Feeld  and  Smythe  reply  that  they  are  acting 
under  Pollard's  will,  and  that  they  are  not  the  next  heirs.  In  1617  Roger  Feild  de 
Wakefield  and  Grace,  his  wife,  are  referred  to  under  Alverthorpe,  as  ceding  lands 
to  John  Maude,  gent.,  of  Wakefield,  and  in  1622  this  Roger's  lands  there  are 
spoken  of. 

Among  the  wills  at  York  is  that  ot  Henry  Feilde,  "of  Lexton,  in  the  parish  of 
Kirkheaton."  He  names  his  wife  Isabel,  his  son-in-law  John  Beaumonte,  and  his 
"sister  Thomas  Naler's  wife. "  It  is  dated  February  28,  1577-78,  and  was  proved 
in  the  same  year.  His  widow,  Isabel,  made  hers  on  June  10,  1583,  and  it  was 
proved  August  2nd  of  same  year.  She  bequeaths  all  to  her  daughter  Rosamond 

William  Feild  of  Newsome,  in  the  parish  of  Almondbury,  made  his  will  Novem- 
ber I,  161 7.  He  mentions  in  it  his  sons  William  and  George  and  daughter  Rosa- 
mond, wife  of  Godfrey  Kay,*  also  his  grandson  William,  whose  father  was  of  same 

It  will  be  noticed  that  Henry  and  Isabel  Feilde  had  a  daughter  Rosamond 
named  in  the  will  of  latter  in  1583 ;  and  as  we  find  that  William  of  Newsome  had  also 
a  daughter  Rosamond,  we  may  infer  that  the  families  were  nearly  related,  more 
especially  as  they  were  residing  in  the  same  neighborhood. 

There  are  a  few  other  notices  of  Fields  in  or  near  Wakefield  Manor  but  the 
names  mostly  occur  singly  and  possess  no  special  interest. 

*  Some  members  of  the  ancient  family  of  Key,  or  Kay,  of  Woodsome  Hall,  Almondbury, 
have  claimed  descent  from  Sir  Kay,  the  knight  of  King  Arthur's  Round  Table. 


JANE  FIELD,  or  Fylde,  as  the  parish  records  have  it,  was  born  in  Horsmonden 
England,  about  1585.  She  was  married  there  to  Henry  Sharpe,  Sept.  24,  1610. 
Their  daughter  Mary  was  baptized  there  Oct.  16,  1614.  She  was  united  in  marriage 
in  England  to  Major  Simon  Willard,  who  was  a  native  of  Horsmonden,  where  he 
was  born  in  1605.  They  came  to  America  in  1634,  and  settled  in  Concord,  where  he 
was  one  of  the  most  prominent  men  in  the  Colony,  Major  of  the  Provincial  militia, 
and  held  the  most  important  ofl&ces  which  he  discharged  with^  great  ability.      He 

was  married  three  times  and  had  seventeen  children  by  his  first  wife,  nine  sons  and 

eight  daughters ;  all  were  married  and  left  issue  as  follows : 

1.  MARY,  b.4n  England;  m.    1649,   Joshua  Edmunds;  shed,  before     1653; 

he  m.  again,  had  issue,  and  died  Nov.  5,  1683. 

2.  ELIZABETH,  b.  in  England;  d.  in  infancy. 

3.  ELIZABETH,  m.  April  8,  1653,  Robert  Blood,  of  Concord;    she  d.  Aug. 

29,  1690;  he  m.  again  and  d.  Oct.  27,  1701. 

4.  DOROTHY,  d.  in  infancy. 

5.  JOSIAH,  b.  in  Massachusetts;  m.  Hannah  Hosmer,  March  20,  1657;  he  d. 

July,  1674.     Res.  Hartford  and  Wethersfield,  Conn. 

6.  SAMUEL,  b.  Concord,  Jan.  31.  1639;  gr.  Harvard,  1659;  m.  Abigail  Sher- 

man, dau.  of  Rev.  John  and  Mary  Launce,  Aug.  8,  1664,  and  2nd,  in. 
1679,  Eunice  Tyng.  She  survived  her  husband  and  d.  Jan.  14,  1720. 
He  first  settled  at  Groton  and  remained  there  until  driven  out  by  the 
Indians  in  King  Philip's  war  in  1676.  Was  installed  pastor  of  the  old 
South  Church  m  Boston,  Sept.  12,  1707.  He  was  also  president  of  Har- 
vard College  with  the  title  of  vice-president. 

7.  SARAH,  b.  Concord,  Jan.  27,  1642;  m.  July  2,  1666,  Nathaniel  Howard  of 

Chelmsford.  She  d.  in  Charlestown,  Jan.  22,  1677.  He  m.  second,  1678, 
Sarah  Parker. 

8.  ABOVEHOPE,  b.  Oct.  30,  1646;  d.  unm.  Dec.  3,  1663. 

9.  SIMON,  b.   Nov.   23,  1649;    m.    1679,  Martha  Jacob.     Resided  in   Salem 

where  he  was  deacon  of  the  First  Church ;  was  marshal  of  Essex  Co. ;  in 
June,  1689,  was  commander  of  a  military  company,  in  the  expedition 
against  the  Eastern  Indians,  1689-90;  m.  2nd,  July  25,  1722,  Priscilla  But- 
tolph;  he  d.  June  23,  1731. 

10.  MARY,  b.  Sept.  7,  1653;  m.  Jan.  22,  1671-2,  Cyprian  Stevens  of  Lancaster. 

11.  HENRY,  b.  Jan.  4,  1655;  m.  July  16,  1674,  Mary  Lakin;  m.  2nd,  1689,  Dor- 

cas Cutler.     Res.  Groton  and  Lancaster. 

12.  JOHN,  b.  Feb.  12.  1656;  m.  Oct.  31,  1698,  Mary  Hayward.     Res.  Concord, 

where  he  d.  Aug.  27,   1726. 

13.  DANIEL,  b.  Dec.   29,  1658;  m.   Dec.  6,  1683,  Hannah  Cutler;  b.  1660;  d. 

Feb.  22,  1690;  m.  2nd,  Jan.  4,  1692,  Mary  Mills.  Res.  Sudbury,  Charles- 
ton, Braintree,  and  Boston,  at  which  latter  place  he  was  jailer.  He  d. 
Aug.  23,  1708. 

14.  JOSEPH,  b.  Jan.  4,  1660 ;  m. ;  res.  London ;  was  a  sea  captain  in  the  London 

trade;  he  d.  before  1721. 



15.  BENJAMIN,  b.  1665;  m.  Sarah  Lakin.     Res.  Groton  and  Hassanamisco, 

later  incorporated  as  Grafton.      See  History  of  Grafton,  by  Fred'k  C. 

16.  HANNAH,  b.    Oct.  6,  1666;  m.  May  23,  1693,  Capt.  Thomas  Brintnall,  of 


17.  JONATHAN,  b.  Dec.  14,  1669;  m.  Jan.  8,  1690,  Mary  Browne.     Res.  Rox- 

bury  and  Sudbury;  and  d.  1706. 


ABOUT  eight  miles  northeast  of  Halifax,  and  six  miles  from  North  Ouram,  is 
the  flourishing  and  populous  town  of  Bradford.  A  branch  of  the  Fields  was 
residing  in  its  environs  in  the  earlier  part  of  the  fifteenth  century.  The  author  has 
not  made  as  thorough  search  into  the  history  of  this  branch  as  in  the  case  of  that 
residing  in  Wakefield  Manor,  and  further  investigations  may  bring  new  facts  to 
light  concerning  it.  The  parish  registers  of  Bradford  do  not  commence  till  1596, 
and  therefore  afford  no  very  early  information  of  the  family.  From  the  time  of 
Edward  Feild  of  Horton,  1595,  and  his  five  brothers  and  same  number  of  sisters, 
down  to  the  birth  of  the  two  daughters  of  John  Wilmer  Feild  (which  see),  he  has 
followed  the  pedigree  recorded  in  the  College  of  Arms,  London,  where  proofs  of  its 
authenticity  would  have  been  required  before  entering  it. 



REV.  JOHN  FIELD,  M.  A.  (Thomas  of  Richmond,  Yorkshire),  b.  Richmond, 
Yorkshire,  England,  in  1789;  m.  in  Harpole,  Northampton,  England,  1818, 
Louisa  Bonoquet;  b.  1798;  d.  in  1835.  in  Braybrooke,  England.  He  was  Rector  of 
Braybrooke.     He  d.  March,  1867.     Res.  Braybrooke,  England. 

i.         JAMES  WILLIAM,  M.  A.,  Rector  of  Braybrooke,  Northamptonshire. 

ii.        THOMAS,  M.  A.,  Rector  of  Bigby,  Lincolnshire,  Canon  and  Prebend  of 

Lincoln  Cathedral,   Public    Orator    of    Cambridge    University.    Civil 

Service  Examiner,  Justice  of  the  Peace  for  Lincolnshire,  Fellow  and 

Orator  of  St.  John's,  Cambridge. 

iii.       JOHN  BONOQUET,  b.  Nov.  20,  1819;  m.  Cecilia  Mostyn  and  Charlotte 

Eliza  Lenard. 
iv.       GEORGE  THOMAS,  Royal    Artillery,     Lieutenant     General,     served 
through  Siege  of  Sebastapol,  D.  A.  Q.  M.  G.  of  R.  A.  in  Crimea  -on 
the  staff ;  Commandt.  R.  Academy  and  Superintendent  R.  Arsenal  in 
V.         MARY,  b.  1824;  m.  Rev.  William  Hughes,  M.  A.,  Rector  of  Kislingbury, 

Northampton.  Res.  12  Frederick  Place,  Clifton,  England. 
CAPT.  JOHN  BONOQUET  FIELD,  R.  N.  (John,  Thomas),  b.  Wootton  Hall, 
Northamptonshire,  England,  Nov.  20,  1819;  m.  in  .Malta,  Jan.,  1849,  Cecilia  Mos- 
tyn; b.  Sterling  Castle,  Scotland,  Mar.,  1828;  d.  Lymington,  Hants,  England,  Jan. 
4,  1867;  m.  2nd,  Charlotte  Eliza  Lenard.  Captain  Field's  life  was  that  of  an  ordi- 
nary naval  officer  who  did  his  duty  in  all  seas  for  thirty-five  years ;  became  a  cap- 
tain and  died  worn  out  and  broken  down  and  crippled  from  exposure  and  hard  work, 
chiefly  from  the  effects  of  the  Russian  War  and  slave  cruising  on  the  coast  of 
Africa.  He  was  Senior  Executive  officer  of  H.  M.  S.  "Cossack"  throughout  the 
Russian  War.  He  was  wounded  in  boardmg  a  slaver  and  saw  much  hard  service. 
He  d.  Jan.  10,  1869.     Res.  Lymington,  England. 

1.         JOHN  GEORGE  MOSTYN,  b.  Oct.  11,   1849;    m.  Sarah    Louisa  Har- 
ii.        ARTHUR  MOSTYN,  b,  Jan.  27,  1855;  m.  Laura  Mary  Hale, 
iii.       MARY  LOUISA,  b.  Dec.  11,  1852;  m.  Dec,  1874,  Lieut.  George  A.  Grant, 
R.  N. ;  she  d.  June  20.  1887,  leavmg  5  ch.,  at  Clifton,  Bristol,  England. 
CAPT.  JOHN  GEORGE    MOSTYN    FIELD    (John  B.,   John.  Thomas),  b. 
Malta.  Oct.  11,  1849;  m.  Dec.  27.  1877,  at  Harrow,  England,  Sarah  Louisa  Harrison, 
of  Oxendon.  Northamptonshire;  b.  May  20,  1858.     Captain  Field  has  been  at  sea  all 
his  life  and  eight  years  ago  also  became  a  Post  Captain.     Dates  are :     Joined  H.  M. 
service,  June  10,  1863;  became  midshipman,  Sept.,  1864;  Sub-Lieut.,  March  29,  1869; 
Lieutenant,  April,  1873;  Commander,  June,  188S;  Captain,  1895;  served  on  Foreign 
Intelligence  Committee  (now  called  Intelligence  Department)  during  Russian  War 
scare  in   1885,  being  the  first  naval  officer  called  in  to  start  it  under  its  head  Cap- 
tain Hall,  R.  N. ;  was  Cruising  Lieutenant  of  H.  M.  S.  Sultan  at  Alexandria,  and 
through  the  Egyptian  War  of  1882,  being  part  of  the  time  with  the  naval  brigade  on 
the  staff.     Second  Lieutenant  ot  H.  M.  S.  "Sultan"  in  the  Channel  and  Mediter- 
ranean Fleet,    1883  to    1885.     Foreign    Intelligence    Committee,    1885-6.      Second 
Lieutenant  H.  M.  S.  Opal  Thalia  in  Australia,  1886-88.     Commander  Devonport, 
18B8-1892.     Commanded  H.  M.  Cruiser  "Scout"  in  Mediterranean  Stations,  1892  to 
1895.     Commanded  H.  M.  Cruiser  "Andromache"  at  the  Spithead  Jubilee,  Russia, 



1897,  and  received  Jubilee  medal  from  Queen's  Secretary  of  Education  Committee 
at  Admiralty,  1897  to  1S98,  also  Captain  and  Vice-President  of  R.  N.  College, 
Greenwich,  1898.  Commanding  H.  M.  S.  Marathon  (cruiser),  an  East  India  Station, 
from  June,  1898;  and  is  at  present  Senior  Naval  Officer  of  the  Order  Division. 
He  was  mentioned  in  dispatches  for  Alexandria,  and  was  recommended  for  the 
Albert  medal  for  saving  life  in  Aug.,  1881.     Was  1900  on  H.  M.  S.  "Marathon." 

i.         HENRY  MOSTYN,  b.  Sept.  20,  1879;  d.  June,  1883. 

ii.  KENNETT  ALEXANDER  PERROTT,  b.  Aug.,  1882;  now,  1900,  at 
St.  Helen's  College,  South  Sea,  Hants. 

CAPT.  ARTHUR  MOSTYN  FIELD  (John  B.,  John,  Thomas),  b.  Braybrooke, 
Northamptonshire,  England,  June  27,  1855;  m.  Feb.  5,  1894,  Laura  May  Hale ;  b. 
Aug.  17,  1865.  He  joined  H.  M.  Navy  in  1869,  and  has  been  employed  in  the  survey- 
ing branch  ot  the  Navy,  commanding  Greenwich  Line,  1885,  H.  M.  Ships  Dart, 
Egem,  Perquin,  and  Research.  Then  he  was  specially  promoted  to  Lieutenant  in 
1875  for  meritorious  examinations,  and  received  the  Beaufort  Testamonial  for  that 
year.  Promoted  Commander,  1889,  and  Captain,  1895,  and  a  Fellow  of  Royal 
Astronomical  Society  and  Fellow  Royal  Geographical  Society.  Res.  Bronteville, 
Southsea,  England. 

i.         MARIE  LAURA,  b.  June  21,  1895;  d.  Jan.  9,  1899. 

ii.        CECILIA  MOSTYN,  b.  Sept.  28,  1896. 

iii.      THOMAS  MOSTYN,  b.  Feb.  19,  1900. 


RICHARD  FIELD  (A.  15 79- 1624),  printer  and  stationer,  was  the  son  of  "Henry 
Feilde  of  Stratford  uppon  Avon,  in  the  countye  of  Warwick,  tanner"  (Arber, 
Transcript,  ii.93),  whose  goods  and  chattels  John  Shakespeare,  the  father  of  the 
poet,  was  employed  with  two  others  to  value  on  21  Aug.,  1592  (Shakespeare,  ed. 
J.  P.  Collier,  1858,  i.  112-15).  Field  was  apprenticed  to  George  Bishop,  stationer 
and  printer,  for  seven  years  from  29  Sept.,  1579.  The  first  six  years  were  to  be 
served  with  Thomas  VautroUier,  and  the  seventh  with  Bishop  (Transcript  ii.  93). 
The  term  of  apprenticeship  expired  in  1586.  He  was  made  free  of  the  Stationers' 
Company  on  6  Feb.,  1586-7,  and  in  1588  married,  says  Ames,  "Jakin  (Jacqueline),  the 
daughter  of  VautroUier,"  whom  he  succeeded  "in  his  house  m  the  Black  Friars,  near 
Ludgate,"  using  the  same  devices  and  sometimes  printing  the  same  copies.  Collier 
quotes  the  marriage  register  as  "R.  Field  to  Jacklin  Vautrillian,"  12  Jan.,    1588 



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^^^y\Pro!ig  aproppe  to  fupport  (b  vi'take  a  burthn, 

S:S-\oi.!l/e  if  ycur  Honour  ftimt  but  flrjifcd,  I  ac- 

coitnt  injfelfc  hiehlj  praifid,  and  vc^e  tctr,ks  jJitvttigf  efjS 
idle  hearts, til!  Ihtute  hcxcuredycu  ■withfimegritur  labour.  But 
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hidfonohU acod-f other :  iuiit:eiitr  aftireire  fobarrtnaliJli, 
forfeare  it  yecldmefiillfi  badah/rueft,  lUaue  ittojotr  Hsnoa- 
riblefurucj  find  jour  Honor  to jcarbeart;content,'-<mbichlvci[h 
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Your  Honors  in  an  dou^ 
William  Sbaksfpsaic. 

(Memoirs  of  Actors  in  Shakespeare's  Plavs,  1846,  p.  223).  It  is  stated,  however,  in 
a  list  of  master  printers  included  in  the  "Stationer's  Registers"  (Transcript,  iii.  702), 
that  Field  married  the  widow  of  VautroUier  and  succeeded  him  in  1590.  He  took 
his  first  apprentice  on  3  Nov.,  1589,  followed  by  others,  among  them  his  younger 
brother,  Jasper.  The  first  entry  to  him  in  the  "Registers"  is  for  ''a  booke  in  French, 
intitled:  'Le  politique  reforme'  "  (sic)  (ib.  ii.  511),  on  24  Dec,  1588,  of  which  he  also 
issued  an  English  translation.  In  1589  he  printed  Puttenhams  "Arte  of  English 
Poesie"  and  a  handsome  edition  in  a  "neat  brevier  Italic",  of  "P.  Ovidii  Nasonis 
Metamorphoseon  libri  xv. "  "impensis  Johannis  Harrisoni,"  a  bookseller  with  whom 
he  had  many  subsequent  transactions.  He  was  fined  los.  on  12  May  for  printing  a 
book  contrary  to  order,  and  on  3  Nov.,  1589  for  keeping  an  apprentice  unpresented 



(ib.  ii.  860-1).  Sole  license  for  the  first  edition  of  Harrington's  translations  of  "Orlando 
Furioso"  was  granted  to  him  on  6  Feb.,  1592  (Cal.  State  Papers,  Eliz.  1591-4.  p.  179). 
In  1895  he  produced  his  fine  edition  of  North's  "Plutarch,"  reprinted  by  him  in  1603 
and  1610-13.  He  came  on  the  livery  of  the  Stationers'  Company  on  i  July,  1598. 
From  an  entry  in  the  '  'Register"  on  4  June,  1599  he  seems  to  have  been  at  that  time 
among  the  unprivileged  printers  (Transcript  iii.  678).  He  was  chosen  renter  on  26 
March.  1604,  and  on  17  June,  1605  paid  40  pounds  instead  of  serving  the  office.  On 
II  June,  1604,  he  was  called  to  be  assistant  (ib.  ii.  837,  840,  iv.  29).  He  was  several 
times  warden  and  master  in  1620.  Two  presses  were  worked  by  him  on  9  May,  161 5 
(ib.  iii.  699). 

The  last  book  known  to  bear  his  imprint  is  Camden's  "Annales,  traduites  en 
langue  francoise  par  P.  de  Bellegent,"  1624,  4to.  On  some  Spanish  books  his  name 
appears  as  Ricardo  del  Campo.  During  thirty-six  years  Field  printed  many  impor- 
tant books,  but  he  is  chiefly  interesting  as  the  fellow-townsman  and  most  probably 
the  personal  friend  of  Shakespeare.  He  was  the  printer  of  the  first  (i593).  the 
second  (1594),  and  the  third  (1596)  editions  of  Shakespeare's  "Venus  and  Adonis,"  as 
well  as  of  the  first  (1594)  edition  of  his  ''Lucrece,"  all  for  John  Harrison.  Not  one 
of  his  quarto  plays,  however,  came  from  Field's  press.  "In  the  production  of 
'Venus  and  Adonis,'"  says  Mr.  Halliwell-Phillips,  "it  is  only  reasonable  to  infer 
that  the  author  had  a  control  over  the  typographical  arrangements.  The  purity  of 
the  text  and  the  nature  of  the  dedication  may  be  thought  to  strengthen  1  his  opinion, 
and,  although  poems  were  not  then  generally  introduced  to  the  public  in  the  same 
glowing  terms  usually  accorded  to  dramatic  pieces,  the  singularly  brief  and 
anonymous  title-page  does  not  bear  the  appearance  of  a  publisher's  handi- 
work" (Outlines  of  Life  of  Shakespeare,  7th  ed.  1887,  i.  101-4).  Mr.  Blades 
suggests  that  when  Shakespeare  first  came  to  London  he  visited  his  friend  Field 
and  was  introduced  to  VautroUier,  in  whose  employment  as  press  reader  or  shopman 
he  may  have  acquired  that  practical  knowledge  of  the  art  ot  printing  shown  in  his 
writings  (Shakespeare  and  Typography,  1872,  p.  26,  etc).  Collier  was  unable  to 
trace  '  'any  relationship  between  Nathan  Field,  the  actor,  and  Richard  Field,  the 
printer,  but  they  were  neighbors,  living  in  the  same  liberty  of  the  Black  Friars" 
(Memoirs  of  Actors,  1S46,  p.  223). 

RICHARD  FIELD,  D.  D.  (i5bi-i6ib),  divine,  was  born  Oct.  15,  1561,  at  Hemel 
Hempstead  in  Hertfordshire,  of  an  old  and  reputable  family.  "His  ancestors,"  says 
his  son  and  biographer,  "were  blessed  with  length  ot  days."  The  estate  which  he 
inherited  from  his  father  and  grandfather  had  been  in  the  hands  ot  only  three 
owners  in  160  years.  He  was  educated  at  Berkhamstead  School,  and  matriculated 
at  the  age  of  sixteen  (1577)  as  of  Magdalen  College,  Oxford,  where  he  remained  till 
he  took  his  B.  A.  degree,  18  Nov.,  1581,  when  he  removed  to  Magdalen  Hall.  Here 
he  took  his  master's  degree,  2  June,  1584,  and  was  appointed  to  the  "Catechism 
Lecture,"  which,  though  in  reality  a  private  lecture  for  that  house,  was  made  by 
him  so  interesting  that  it  drew  hearers  from  the  whole  university,  among  whom,  it 
is  said,  was  Dr.  Rainolds  (or  Reynolds),  the  well-known  president  ot  Corpus  Christi 
College.  He  was  now  famous  for  his  knowledge  of  school  divinity,  and  esteemed 
one  of  the  best  disputants  in  the  university.  His  father,  it  would  appear,  had  at 
this  time  provided  a  match  tor  him  as  his  eldest  son,  but  his  not  taking  orders  was 
made  an  indispensable  condition ;  upon  which  he  returned  to  Oxford,  and  after  a 
residence  of  seven  years,  till  he  took  his  degree  of  B.  D.  14  Jan.,  1592,  he  was  made 
divinity  reader  in  Winchester  Cathedral.  He  appears  then  to  have  left  Oxford, 
but  his  character  as  an  indefatigable  student  lived  in  the  University  long  after  his 
departure,  and  "Dr.  Field's  rooms"  were  shown  as  an  object  of  interest.  In  1594 
he  was  chosen  divinity  lecturer  to  the  Hon.  Society  of  Lincoln's  Inn,  and  soon 


after  presented  by  Mr.  Richard  Kingsmill,  a  ben  her  of  the  Inn,  to  the  rectory 
of  Burghclere,  Hampshire.  Mr.  Kingsmill  resided  at  Highclere,  close  by,  and 
brother.  Sir  William  Kingsmill,  at  Sydmonton  Court,  not  far  off,  and  both  families 
were  constant  attendants  at  Burghclere  church.  Field  was  offered  the  more  valuable 
living  of  St.  Andrew's,  Holborn,  which  he  declined,  preferring  the  leisure  and 
quiet  of  Burghclere,  where  he  passed  the  greater  part  of  his  time  till  his  death.  On 
9  April,  1594  he  married  Elizabeth,  daughter  of  the  Reverend  Richard  Harris, 
sometime  fellow  of  New  College  and  rector  of  Hardwick,  Buckinghamshire.  On 
7  Dec.  1596  he  proceeded  to  the  degree  of  D.  D.,  being  at  that  time  of  Queen's 
College  and  described  as  "sometimes  of  Magdalen  Hall."  In  September,  1598  he 
received  a  letter  from  Lord  Hunsdon,  dated  "from  the  court  at  Greenwich,"  desiring 
him  to  come  and  preach  before  the  queen  (Elizabeth)  on  the  23rd  of  that  month  a 
probationary  sermon,  upon  which  he  was  appointed  one  of  her  majesty's  chaplains 
in  ordinary,  and  received  a  grant  of  the  next  vacant  prebend  at  Windsor.  This 
grant  is  dated  30  March,  1602,  and  he  succeeded  to  the  vacancy  and  was  installed  3 
Aug.,  1604.  He  was  joined  in  a  special  commission  with  William,  marquis  of 
Winchester,  Thomas  Bilson,  bishop  of  Winton  and  others,  for  ecclesiastical  causes 
within  the  diocese  of  Winchester,  and  in  another  to  exercise  all  spiritual  jurisdic- 
tion in  the  said  diocese  with  Whitgift,  archbishop  of  Canterbury,  Thomas,  bishop 
of  Winton,  and  others,  by  James  I.,  1603,  to  whom  he  was  also  chaplain,  and  by 
whom  he  was  sent  to  the  Hampton  Court  conference,  14  Jan.,  1603. 

When  King  James  came  to  Oxford  in  1605,  Field  was  sent  for  to  take  part  in 
the  Divinity  Act.  Sir  Nathaniel  Brunt,  then  one  of  the  proctors,  and  afterward 
vicar-general  and  warden  of  Merton,  declared  that  the  disputation  between  Doctors 
Field  and  Aglionby  before  the  king,  on  the  question  "Whether  saints  and  angels 
know  the  hearts  of  men,"  was  the  best  he  ever  heard.  In  1610  he  was  made  dean 
of  Gloucester,  but  never  resided  much,  preaching  rarely  above  four  or  five  times  a 
year,  but  always  commanding  a  great  audience.  He  chiefly  resided  at  Burghclere 
and  Windsor,  and  when  in  residence  in  the  cloisters  at  the  latter  place  during  the 
winter  months  his  house  was  the  resort  of  many  eminent  men,  who  came  to  enjoy 
his  learned  conversation.  He  was  on  intimate  terms  with  Sir  Henry  Saville.the 
provost  of  Eton,  and  Sir  Henry  Nevill,  who  had  been  Queen  Elizabeth's  ambas- 
sador to  France,  and  lived  near  to  Windsor.  He  often  preached  before  the  king 
who,  upon  the  first  occasion  that  he  heard  him,  exclaimed,  "Is  his  name  Field? 
This  is  a  field  for  God  to  dwell  in."  Similarly  Fuller,  years  afterward,  styled 
him  "that  learned  divine,  whose  memory  smelleth  like  a  field  which  the  Lord  hath 
blessed."  The  king  took  singular  pleasure  in  discussing  with  him  nice  and  curious 
points  of  divinity,  and  had  designed  to  send  him  to  Germany  to  compose  the  differ- 
ences between  the  Lutherans  and  Calvinists,  but  for  some  reason  not  known  the 
project  was  dropped.  His  majesty  also  wished  to  bestow  on  him  the  bishopric  of 
Salisbury,  but  it  seems  the  solicitations  of  his  courtiers  were  powerful  enough  to 
procure  it  for  another  person.  It  is  certain,  however,  from  a  letter  from  Sir  George 
Villiers,  afterward  Duke  of  Buckingham,  dated  "from  the  court  at  Wansted  11  July, 
ibi6"  that  the  revision  of  the  see  of  Oxford,  upon  its  next  avoidance,  was  proposed 
to  him.  Bishop  Hall  who  became  dean  of  Worcester  the  month  after  Field's  death 
mentions  that  that  deanery  was  designed  for  him,  and  laments  that  so  learned  a 
man  did  not  live  to  fill  it.  On  14  Oct.,  1614  he  lost  his  wife,  who  left  him  six  sons 
and  a  daughter.  "He  continued  a  widower  about  two  years,  when  he  was  per- 
suaded by  his  friends  to  marry  again,  and  they  recommended  to  him,  for  a  religious, 
wise,  understanding  woman,  the  widow  of  Dr.  John  Spencer,  some  time  president 
of  Corpus  Christi  College,  Oxford,  of  whose  birth  and  education  Mr.  Izaak  Walton 
gives  us  a  very  good  character  in  the  life  of  Mr.  Hooker."    Doctor  Spencer's  widow 


was  Dorothy,  daughter  of  Thomas  Cranmer,  the  archbishop's  nephew,  and  Izaak 
Walton's  aunt.  Field,  however,  survived  his  second  marriage  a  little  more  than  a 
month.  On  15  Nov.,  1616  he  was  seized  with  a  fit  of  apoplexy  and  suddenly  carried 
off.  He  was  buried  in  the  outer  chapel  of  St.  George's,  Windsor,  below  the  choir. 
A  black  marble  slab  with  his  figure  in  brass,  was  laid  over  his  grave,  and  an  inscrip- 
tion, also  in  brass,  recording  his  death  and  that  of  his  first  wife,  Elizabeth  Harris. 
His  great  work  was  first  published  in  1606."  The  title  is  "Of  the  Church  Five 
Books,  by  Richard  Field,  Doctor  of  Divinity;  at  London  imprinted  by  Humfrey 
Lownes  for  Simon  Waterson,  1606."  This  is  a  4th  volume.  There  are  in  reality 
only  four  books.  In  ibio  was  printed  "Tne  Fifth  Book  of  the  Church,  together 
with  an  appendix  contaming  a  defense  of  such  passages  of  the  former  books  that 
have  been  excepted  against,  or  wrested  to  the  maintenance  of  Romish  errors,  by 
Richard  Field.  Doctor  of  Divinity,  London,  printed  by  Nicholas  Okes  for  Simon 
Waterson,"  ibio,  4to.  It  has  been  discovered  that  there  was  another  impression  of 
the  volume  of  1606,  in  which  the  errata  were  corrected.  Both  have  the  same  date 
and  the  same  number  of  pages,  but  no  two  pages  in  the  two  books  agree  in  all  par- 
ticulars, and  Lowne's  name  does  not  appear  in  the  title  of  the  second  impression. 
These  are  Field's  own  editions,  and  are  dedicated  to  the  Archbishop  of  Canterbury 
(Bancroft).  A  second  edition  of  the  whole  '  Of  the  Church  Five  Books,  by  Richard 
Field,  D.  D.,  and  sometimes  Dean  of  Gloucester.  The  second  edition,  very  much 
enlarged  in  the  third  book,  and  the  appendix  to  the  same;  at  Oxford  imprinted  by 
William  Turner,  printer  to  the  famous  University,  1628."  folio,  was  edited  by 
Nathaniel  Field,  the  author's  son,  and  dedicated  to  William  ViUiers,  Duke  of  Buck- 
ingham. This  edition  is  charged  by  the  Scots  in  their  "Canterburian's  Self-convic- 
tion," 1641,  4  to,  with  additions  made  by  Archbishop  Laud.  The  third  edition  was 
printed  "by  William  Turner,  printer  to  the  famous  Universitie,  1635,"  folio.  Modern 
editions  are  those  by  the  Ecclesiastical  History  Society,  Cambridge,  1847-52,  4 
vols.  8vo,  reissued  with  new  title,  London,  1853,  and  an  edition  edited  by  the  Rev. 
J.  S.  Brewer,  London,  1843,  of  which  the  first  volume  only  was  published.  It 
is  needless  to  speak  of  a  work  which  has  long  taken  its  stand  by  the 
side  of  Hooker  among  the  grandest  monuments  of  polemical  divinity  in  the 
language.  Anthony  Wood's  description  of  Field's  personal  character,  his  vast 
learning  and  astonishing  memory,  his  peaceable  disposition  and  amiable  qualities, 
will  be  found  in  the  "Athenai."  It  is  well  known  tdat  Field  and  Hooker  were  on 
terms  of  the  greatest  friendship,  which  was  probably  brought  about  by  Doctor 
Spencer,  their  common  friend,  for  Hooker  was  older  than  Field  by  eight  years,  and 
had  left  the  University  before  Field  came  there.  Di-.  Spencer  was  the  dear  friend 
and  fellow-pupil  of  Hooker,  and  edited  his  works. 

In  1604  Field  published  a  sermon  on  St.  Jude  v.  3,  preached  before  the  king  at 
Windsor,  and  shortly  before  his  death  had  written  a  great  part  of  a  work  entitled 
"A  View  of  the  Controversies  in  Religion,  which  in  these  last  times  have  caused  the 
Lamentable  Divisions  in  the  Christian  World."  This  was  never  completed  but  the 
preface  is  printed  in  his  "Life,"  by  his  son,  Nathaniel  Field,  Rector  of  Stourton, 
Wiltshire,  and  published  by  John  Le  Neve,  author  ot  the  "Fasti  Ecclesia  Angli- 
canae,"  in  1716.  From  a  copy  ot  this  life,  interleaved  with  manuscript  additions 
from  the  author's  rough  draft  by  the  editor  (Le  Neve),  and  some  notes  by  Bishop 
White  Kennett  (which  copy  is  now  in  the  British  Museum),  Gough  drew  up  "The 
Life  of  Field,"  which  was  printed  in  vol.  vi.  pt.  i.  ot  the  new  edition  of  the  "Bio- 
graphia  Britannica."  Of  that  volume  a  manuscript  note  in  the  Bodleain  copy  says, 
"Of  this  part  I  know  ot  but  one  copy  existing."  Chalmers,  in  his  "Biographical 
Dictionary,"  transcribed  the  article. 

We  have  little  to  add  but  that  King  James,  with  his  own  hand,  inserted  Field's 


name  as  one  of  the  tellows  of  Chelsea  College,  and  on  hearing  of  his  death,  ex- 
pressed his  regret  in  the  words,  "I  should  have  done  more  for  that  man."  Of  Field's 
sons,  Nathaniel  was  prebendary  ot  Chichester  and  rector  ot  Stourton.  Richard 
was  M.  D.  and  died  single,  and  was  buried  in  St.  Bride's  Church,  1696.  Giles  died 
in  1629,  aged  21,  and  is  buried  in  New  College  Chapel. 

GEORGE  FIELD  (i777?-i854),  chemist,  was  born  in  or  about  1777  at  Barkham- 
stead,  Hertfordshire,  of  a  family  long  settled  in  that  town,  and  was  educated  at  St. 
Peter's  school  there.  When  about  eighteen  years  of  age  he  came  to  London  to  seek 
a  profession.  He  thought  he  saw  an  opening  in  the  careful  application  of  chemistry 
to  pigments  and  dyes.  War  on  the  continent,  by  stopping  the  supply  of  madder 
from  Holland,  threatened  to  impede  his  progress.  This  obstacle,  however,  led  him 
to  consider  the  nature  of  its  cultivation,  and  with  a  well-devised  project  he  waited 
on  Sir  Joseph  Banks  tor  his  advice,  and,  as  he  hoped,  his  co-operation.  Sir  Joseph 
after  unsuccessfully  attempting  to  cultivate  madder  in  Essex,  had  made  up  his  mind 
that  it  could  not  be  done  in  England.  Field  then  commenced  the  cultivation  in  his 
own  garden,  and  from  roots  ot  his  own  growth  produced  beautiful  specimens  of 
coloring  matter.  A  contrivance,  both  mechanical  and  chemical,  was  still  wanted 
to  reduce  the  liquid  to  its  finest  consistence.  His  invention  of  the  "physeter"  or 
percolator  by  atmospheric  pressure  admirably  accomplished  this  purpose.  He  ex- 
hibited his  percolator,  together  with  an  improved  drying  stove  and  press,  before  the 
Society  of  Arts,  and  was  awarded  their  gold  Isis  medal  in  1816  "for  his  apparatus 
of  preparing  colored  lakes."  Both  apparatus  are  figured  and  described  by  him  in 
the  society's  "Transactions,"  xxxiv.  87-94.  Oddly  enough  the  percolator  was 
patented  by  others  several  years  after,  and  applied  to  the  clearing  of  sugar.  Field 
continued  his  application  of  science  to  the  purposes  of  the  artist  with  good  effect; 
his  dexterity  and  care  in  the  preparation  of  delicate  color  set  all  competition  at 
defiance.  Among  his  other  inventions  may  be  mentioned  his  metrochrome  and 
his  conical  lenses,  which  produced  a  continuous  rainbow  with  varied  effects  of 
refractions.  Field  died  at  Syon  Hill  Park  Cottage,  Osleworth,  Middlesex,  on  28 
September,  1854,  aged  77.  He  bequeathed  to  the  Royal  Institute  of  British  Archi- 
tects six  architectural  drawings  by  J.  L.  Bond;  to  the  Hanwell  Lunatic  Asylum 
"The  Maniac"  by  R.  Dawes,  R.  A. ;  while  to  the  library  of  London  University  he 
gave  a  portrait  of  Sir  William  Harvey,  by  Mirevelt  (Gent.  Mag.  new  ser.  xlii.  596). 

Field's  reputation  as  an  author  rests  on  his  "Chromatography;  or,  a  Treatise 
on  Colors  and  Pigments,  and  of  their  Powers  in  Painting,"  etc.,  4to,  London,  1835, 
of  which  a  new  edition,  "revised,  rewritten.,  and  brought  down  to  the  present  time," 
by  T.W.  Salter,  appeared  in  1869,  and  a  third, "modernized"  by  J.  S.  Taylor  on  the 
basis  of  Salter's  revision,  in  1885.  Another  valuable  professional  treatise,  his  "Rudi- 
ments ot  the  Painter's  Art;  or,  A  Grammar  of  Coloring,"  12  mo,  London,  1850, 
was  "revised  and  in  part  rewritten,"  by  R.  Mallet  in  1870,  and  again  in  1875  by  E. 
A.  Davidson,  who  has  added  sections  on  painting  in  sepia,  water-colors,  and  oils. 
Field's  other  writings  are:  i.  "A  Brief  Outline  of  the  Universal  System,"  in  vol. 
ix.  of  "The  Pamphleteer,"  8vo,  London,  1813-26;  3rd  edit,,  8vo. ,  London,  1846. 
2.  "The  Third  Organon  attempted;  or.  Elements  of  Logic  and  Subjective  Philoso- 
phy," in  vol.  xii.  of  the  same.  3.  "The  Analogy  of  the  Physical  Sciences  indi- 
cated," in  vol.  XV.  of  the  same.  4.  "Esthetics;  or,  the  Analogy  of  the  Sensible 
Sciences  indicated,  with  an  appendix  on  light  and  colors,"  in  vol.  xxii.  of  the  same. 
5.  "Ethics;  or,  the  Analogy  of  the  Moral  Sciences  indicated,"  in  vol.  xxiii.  of  the 
same.  6.  "Outlines  of  Analogical  Philosophy,  being  a  primary  view  of  the  prin- 
ciples, relations,  and  purposes  of  nature,  science,  and  art,"  2  vols.  8vo,  London, 

FREDERICK  FIELD  (1826  1885),  chemist,  born  in  Lambeth  on  August  2,  1826, 


was  the  second  son,  by  his  second  wife,  of  Charles  Field  of  the  firm  of  J.  C.  &  J. 
Field,  candle-manufacturers,  etc.  Educated  at  Denmark  Hill  grammar  school  and 
at  Mr.  Long's  school  at  Stockwell  (where  he  was  a  schoolfellow  of  Professor  Od- 
ling).  Field  showed  so  strong  a  liking  for  chemistry  that  on  leaving  school  in  1843 
he  was  placed  in  the  laboratory  of  the  Polytechnic  Institution,  then  conducted  by 
Dr.  Ryan.  On  leaving  the  Polytechnic,  Field  entered  into  partnership  with  a 
chemist  named  Mitchell  as  an  assayer  and  consulting  chemist,  but  finding  the  need 
of  further  training  spent  some  time  as  a  student  under  Dr.  Hoffman  in  the  Royal 
College  ot  Chemistry  in  Oxford  Street. 

Field  was  one  of  the  original  members  of  the  Chemical  Society  of  London, 
started  in  1846,  and  he  read  his  first  paper  to  that  society  in  the  following  year 
(Memoirs  Chem.  Soc.  iii.  404-n).  In  1848  he  accepted  the  post  ot  chemist  to  some 
copper-smelting  works  at  Coquimbo  in  Chili.  Some  account  of  his  work  there  is 
contained  in  his  papers  in  the  "Journal  of  the  Chemical  Society"  for  1850,  "On  the 
Examination  of  some  Slags  trom  Copper-Smelting  Furnaces,"  and  "On  the  Ashes 
ot  the  Cactus-plant,"  from  which  large  quantities  of  carbonate  of  soda  were  obtained. 
In  1 85 1  Field  described  a  natural  alloy  ot  silver  and  copper,  which  had  the  appear- 
ance of  nearly  pure  silver,  and  also  discovered  that  a  certain  ore  which  occurred  in 
large  quantities  near  Coquimbo  was  in  reality  pure  lapis  lazuli,  the  first  found  in 
South  America. 

In  1852  Field  was  appointed  manager  of  his  company's  works  at  Caldera,  a  new 
port  to  the  north  of  Coquimbo.  Before  assuming  this  position  he  visited  England 
and  married  a  sister  of  (Sir)  Frederick  Abel,  returning  to  Caldera  in  1853,  oi  which 
he  was  now  appointed  vice-consul.  The  post  involved  many  responsibilities  in  a 
land  subject  to  revolutions.  During  the  Russian  war  Field  also  acted  as  the  repre- 
sentative ot  France  in  that  district. 

In  1856  Field  became  chemist  and  sub- manager  to  the  smelting  works  then 
established  by  Senor  Urmeneta  at  Guayacan,  which  have  since  become  one  of  the 
largest  copper-smelting  works  in  the  world.  In  1859  a  revolution  broke  out  in 
Chili.  Field  sent  his  wife  and  family  to  England,  but  himself  remained  and  suc- 
ceeded in  preserving  the  establishment  from  injury.  In  September,  1859,  he  finally 
quitted  Chili  for  England.  Soon  after  his  arrival  in  London  he  was  appointed 
lecturer  on  chemistry  to  St.  Mary's  Hospital  (i860),  and  in  1862  became  professor  of 
chemistry  in  the  London  Institution.  In  the  same  year  he  was  appointed  chemist 
to  the  aniline  color  works  of  Simpson,  Maule  &  Nicholson,  a  post  which  he  held 
until  1866,  when  he  became  a  partner  in  the  old  firm  of  his  family — Messrs.  J.  C.  &  J. 
Field— in  which  he  remained  and  of  which  he  was  senior  partner  at  the  time  of  his 
death.  In  1876  Field's  health  began  to  fail,  and  after  a  long  illness  he  died  on 
April  3,  1885. 

Field  wrote  forty-three  papers  on  scientific  subjects  for  various  periodicals,  in 
addition  to  one  written  in  conjunction  with  his  brother-in-law.  Sir  F.  A.  Abel. 
Among  them  are:  "On  the  Solvent  Power  exercised  by  Hyposulphite  ot  Soda  on 
many  Salts  insoluble  in  Water"  ("Jour.  Chem.  Soc,"  1863);  "On  the  Solubility  ot 
the  Halogen  Salts  of  Silver  in  certain  Solutions"  (Chemical  News,  1861);  "On  the 
Existence  ot  Silver  in  Sea-water"  ("Proc.  ot  the  Royal  Soc."  vol.  viii.,  1856-7); 
"Artificial  Formation  of  Atacamite"  ("Revue  Universelle,"  1850);  on  "Ludlamite, 
a  New  Mineral;"  and  on  "The  General  Distribution  of  Bismuth  in  Copper  Minerals" 
(Jour.  Chem.  Soc,  1S62). 


AMHERST  COLLEGE.  AMHERST,  MASS.— Amherst  graduates  by  the  name 
of  Field  have  been: 
1822,  Pindar. 

1833,  Caleb  C.  Caleb  Clesson  Field,  the  son  of  George  and  Phila  (Hol- 
ton)  Field,  was  bom  at  Northfield,  Mass.,  May  27,  18 10.  He  prepared  forcollege 
at  the  New  Salem  (Mass.),  Chesterfield  (N.  H.),  and  Amherst  (Mass.)  Academies. 
After  his  graduation,  he  taught  for  two  years  in  the  Academy  at  Concord,  Mass. 
In  1835,  he  went  to  Boston  and  studied  at  a  private  medical  school  until  June,  1836, 
and  continued  his  studies  with  Dr.  James  Deane,  of  Greenfield,  Mass.,  till  March, 
1837,  with  Dr.  Amos  Twitchell,  of  Keene,  N.  H.,  for  five  months,  and  attended  a 
course  of  lectures  at  Dartmouth  Medical  College,  from  which  institution  he  received 
the  degree  of  M.  D.  in  December,  1837.  He  settled  immediately  as  a  physician  at 
Leominster,  Mass.,  and  practiced  his  profession  there  till  his  death,  from  pleuro- 
pneumonia, May  6,  188 1.  Dr.  Field  served  as  a  member  of  the  School  Committee 
of  Leominster  for  forty-three  years,  and  represented  Leominster  in  the  Massachu- 
setts Legislature,  1873-74.  He  was  married  to  Hannah  Crosby,  daughter  of  Tim- 
othy Danforth,  of  Amherst,  N.  H.,  May  27,  1839.  She  died  May  14,  1857,  and  two 
of  their  six  children  are  still  living.  Jan.  7,  1858,  he  was  married  to  Mrs.  Anne 
Sophia  Carter,  daughter  of  Ephraim  Warner,  of  Lunenburg,  Mass.,  who  died  Jan. 
16,  i860.  He  was  married  to  Martha,  daughter  of  Luke  Joslyn,  of  Leominster, 
March  28,  1861,  and  she  survives  him. 

1834,  Thos.  P.  Born  in  Northfield,  Mass.,  Jan.,  12,  1814.  He  graduated  at 
Amherst  College  in  1834,  studied  theology  at  Andover,  Mass.,  and  graduated  in 
1840.  He  was  a  teacher  in  Amherst  College  in  1837  and  1838.  He  was  settled 
over  the  Congregational  church  in  Peabody,  Mass.,  in  1840,  and  was  dismissed 
in  October,  1850,  and  was  settled  in  November  over  the  Second  Presbyterian 
church  in  Troy,  N.  Y.,  and  was  dismissed  from  that  church  in  June,  1854, 
and  became  professor  of  rhetoric  and  English  literature  in  Amherst  College, 
which  he  filled  until  1856,  when  he  was  installed  over  the  First  Congregational 
church  in  New  London,  Conn.,  where  he  remained  until  1876.  In  June,  1878,  he 
was  again  appointed  a  professor  in  Amherst  College. 

1835,  Justin.  Justin  Field,  the  son  of  Justin  and  Harriet  (Power)  Field,  and 
brother  of  Rev.  Thomas  P.  Field,  D.  D.,  of  the  class  of  1834,  was  born  in  North- 
field,  Mass.,  April  10,  18 16,  and  was  fitted  for  college  in  the  Boston  Latin  School 
and  in  Northfield  Academy.  He  studied  theology  at  Union  Seminary,  1838-39,  and 
at  Andover  Seminary  1839-40.  He  was  ordained  priest  in  the  Episcopal  church  by 
Bishop  Griswold,  at  Jamaica  Plain,  Mass.,  Sept.  7,  1842.  From  1843  to  1845  he  was 
without  charge,  residing  in  Roxbury,  now  Boston  Highlands.  He  was  rector  of 
St.  Paul's  church,  Stockbridge,  Mass.,  from  1846  to  1850;  of  St.  James'  church. 
Great  Barrington,  from  1850  to  1852;  of  Grace  church,  Medford,  from  1852 
to  1862,  and  of  Trinity  church,  Lenox,  in  the  same  state,  from  1862  to  1890. 
A  part  of  that  year  and  the  next  he  spent  in  travel  in  Great  Britain  and 
Europe.  In  1892  he  was  employed  in  preaching  during  January  in  Columbus,  Ga., 
and  for  about  three  months  afterward  in  Brooksville,  Fla.  Returning  to  the  north, 
he  resided  in  West  Newton,  Mass.,  until  his  death  from  cystitis,  March  5,  1893. 
Mr.  Field  was  married   (i) 'June  26,  1862  to  Caroline  C,  daughter  of  George  C. 



Wilde,  of  Boston,  who  died  March  23,  1887;  (2)  April  26,  1890,  to  Louise  H.  Irene, 
daughter  of  Hon.  Wellesley  H.  Hylton-Joliffe,  of  Somerset,  Hants,  England,  who 
with  two  of  his  three  children  survives  him. 

1846.  Levi  Alpheus  son  of  Alpheus  and  Caroline  (Adams)  Field,  born  in  Lev- 
erett,  Sept.  17,  1821;  fitted  for  college  at  Shelburne  Fails  and  Monson  Academies; 
Andover  Seminary,  1846-49;  preached  at  Mitteneague  (West  Springfield);  ordained 
at  Marlboro,  Mass.,  Aug.  31,  1853;  pastor  there  till  his  death,  Oct.  22,  1859;  married 
Nancy,  daughter  of  Cyrus  W.  Holmes,  of  Monson;  one  child. 

1869,  Henry  K.,  address  Mills  Building,  San  Francisco,  Cal. 

1880,  Clifton  L.,  address  Greenfield,  Mass. 

1880,  Henry  P.   (Hon.),  address  Northampton, Mass. 

1883,  Walter  T.,  address  378  Wabash  avenue,  Chicago,  111. 

1896,  Leonard  Hamilton,  Jr.  (in  Massachusetts  Institute  of  Technology, 

Non-graduate  students:  Class  of  1825,  Constant;  1867,  Edward  A.;  1874,  Ed- 
wm  F. ;  1892,  Arthur  E. 

YALE  COLLEGE.  NEW  HAVEN,  CONN.— 1732.  Seth  Field;  1745,  Samuel; 
1762,  Samuel;  17S5,  Simeon;  1795,  Joseph;  1797,  Timothy;  1802,  Daniel  D. ;  1807, 
Henry;  1831,  Junius  L. ;  1S33,  Samuel;  1841,  David  I.;  1S41,  Maunsell  B. ;  1877, 
Burr  K. ;  18S8,  John  E. ;  1S89,  Theron  P. ;  1893,  John  H. ;  1896,  Wm.  P. 

Josephus  Field,  Mr.,  S.T.D.,  1840;  class  1809;  died  1869. 

Curtis  Field,  LL.D.,  class  ot  1844. 

George  Paisley  Field,  LL.  B.,  1855,  class  of  1851;  died  1859. 

George  Washington  Field,  class  ot  1851,  lawyer. 

d.  1869;  1S44,  Curtis  Field;  1851,  George  Paisley,  d.  1859;  1851,  George  Washing- 
ton; 1859,  Henry  Martyn ;  1863,  George  Gibson;  1872,  Alfred  Withington ;  1878, 
Charles  Elmer;  1880,  Jacob  Brainard;  1884.  Charles  Merritt. 

UNIVERSITY  OF  MICHIGAN  ANN  ARBOR,  MICH:— Albert  Field,  1866- 
67,  Lit.,  M.D.  (Long  Island)  1867.  East  Hampton,  Conn. ;  Charles  Fred  Field,  A.B., 
1875,  292  Kirby  avenue,  Detroit,  Mich. 

Clifton  Lamson  Field,  1882-83,  Law,  A.  B.  (Amherst  College)  1880,  clerk  ot 
court,   Greenfield,   Mass. 

Edward  Clem   Field.  1883,  Ph.C,  453  Main  street,  Buffalo.  N.  Y. 

Elisha  Chapman  Field.  1865,  LL.B..Monon  Building,  Chicago,  111. 

Ferdinand  Thomas  Field,  1884,  M.D.,  Elroy,  Wis. 

Freeman  Field,  1893-95,  Lit.,  1897,  LL.  B.,  679  Jefferson  avenue,  Detroit.  Mich. 

George  Samuel  Field,  1895,  LL.  B.,  30  Buhl  Block,  Detroit,  Mich. 

George  Washington  Field,  1868,  LL.B.,A.A.  (Ohio  Wesleyan  University)  1864, 
A.M.  (Ohio  Wesleyan  University)   1867,   Bee  Building,  Omaha,  Neb. 

Henry  George  Field,  B.  S.  (Eng. )   1893.    1203  Majestic  Building.  Detroit,  Mich. 

Henry  Power  Field.  1882,  LL.B.,  A.B.   (Amherst  College)   1880. 

Jane  Estelle  Field.    1896.  A.B..  Stillwater.  Minn. 

Kirke  Hart  Field.  18S0.  LL.B.,  Redlands,  Cal. 

Nelson  Curtis  Field,   1890,   A.  B.,  Glenwood,  Iowa. 

S.  Graham  Field,  1873-74,  Law,  registered  trom  Kalamazoo.  Mich. 

William  Davis  Field,  1889-90.  M.D.,  West  Stockbridge.  Mass. 

is  a  list  of  all  the  Fields  who  have  been  students  of  the  University  of  Virginia  since 
its  foundation.  The  first  line  to  each  name  gives  his  record  here,  viz.,  date  of 
birth,  home  address,  last  year  of  attendance.    The  second  line  gives  the  subsequent 


record  when  known.     Those  not  stated  to  be  dead  are  presumed  to  be  still  living, 
at  the  address  given. 

John,  Charlottesville,  Va.,  1831 ;  no  record  since. 

John  C,  1815,  Gloucester  C.  H. ,  Va.,  1837;  died  August,  i86r. 

Eldon  C,  1831,  Columbus,  Miss.,  1852;  captain  Confederate  States  Army; 
planter,  Floreyville,  Miss. 

Thomas  G.,  1836,  Columbus,  Miss.,  1855;  captain  Confederate  States  Army; 
fell  at  Harrisburg,  Miss. 

Wm.  Thomas,  1836,  Glassy  Mountain,  S.  C,  1857:  M.D. ;  lieutenant  Confeder- 
ate States  Army;  member  South  Carolina  Legislature,  1868;  farmer,  Pickens 
C.H.,S.  C. 

W.  Gibson,  1838,  Culpeper  C.  H.,  Va.,  1861;  captain  Confederate  States  Army; 
fell  July  I,  1862,  Malvern  Hill. 

JohnWm.,  1836,  Accomac  county,  Va.,  i85g;  M.D. ;  member  Virginia  Legisla- 
ture; physician,  Missouri. 

David  M.,  1841,  Sussex  county,  Va.,  i860;  farmer;  died  187-. 

Scott,  1847,  Canton,  Miss.,  1868;  lawyer,  Calvert,  Tex. 

Willis  W.,  1850,  Woodford  county,  Ky.,  1872;  farmer,  county  surveyor,  Ver- 
sailles, Ky. 

Joseph,  Jr.,  1853,  Cambridge,  Mo.,  1875;  no  record  since. 

Charles  W.,  Jr.,  1858,  Comorn,  Va.,  1878;  lawyer,  Baltimore,  Md.,  44  South 

Wm.  W.,  1857,  Culpeper,  Va. ,  1879;  lawyer,  Denver,  Col. 

Samuels.,  1865,  Virginia,   1884;   lawyer,  Baltimore,   Md.,  301   St.  Paul  street. 

BROWN  UNIVERSITY,  PROVIDENCE,  R.  L— The  persons  by  the  name  of 
Field  graduated  trom  Brown  are  the  following.  The  ages  I  cannot  give,  but  they 
average  about  twenty -two : 

Barnum,  1821;  Charles  Elmer,  1875;  Evan  Dale,  1899;  George  Wilton,  1887; 
Harold  Crivs,  1894;  James  Peirson,  1865;  Thomas  Gardner,  1870;  William  Goodell, 

For  further  information,  I  reter  you  to  the  Historical  Catalogue  of  Brown  Uni- 
versity, 1764-1894. 

CORNELL  UNIVERSITY,  ITHACA,  N.  Y.— Arthur  Carpenter  Field,  M.E.. 
1891;  born  June  24,  1870;  250  Dearborn  avenue,  Chicago,  111.  Father,  Richard  I. 
Field,  250  Dearborn  avenue,  Chicago,  111. 

Frederick  William  Field,  B.S.  in  Arch.,  1894,  Aug.  4,  1871,  1915  West  Genesee 
street,  Syracuse,  N.  Y.      Father,  Wm.  R.  Field,  88  Sixth  avenue,   Brooklyn,  N.  Y. 

Henry  John  Field.  LL.B.,  1896,  May  11,  1870,  Greenfield,  Mass.  Father  not 

Rosamond  Almeda  Field,  A.M.,  1890  (Mrs.  C.  H.  Estey),  Jan.  16,  1867,  Adding- 
ton  Road,  Brookline,  Mass.     Father,  T.  B.  Field,  Wellsboro,  Pa. 

DARTMOUTH  COLLEGE,  HANOVER,  N.  H.— Andrew  Emerson  Field, 
Barre,  Vt.,  class  1846;  Bohan  Prentice  Field,  Bangor,  Me.,  1795,  died  1843,  aged  68; 
Brayton  Allen  Field,  Watertown,  N.  Y.,  1878;  Caleb  Clesson  Field,  Leominster, 
Mass.,  class  of  1838,  medical  department,  A.B.,  Amherst  College,  1833,  A.M. ; 
Edwin  Dewey  Field,  Hanover,  N.  H.,  class  of  1880,  medical  department;  Joseph 
Field,  class  of  1792,  died  1866,  aged  94;  Joseph  Root  Field,  class  of  1822,  died  1828, 
aged  33,  see  History  of  Northfield.  Mass. ;  Martin  Field,  honorary  degree  1805, 
lawyer,  A.M.,  A.B.  Williams  1798,  died  1833,  aged  60;  Seth  Field,  class  of  1824, 
medical  department,  died  1851,  aged  53;  Walbridge  Abner  Field,  lawyer,  Boston, 
Mass. ;  tutor,  1855-58,  assistant  attorney-general  of  the  United  States,  1869-70,  M.  C, 
1879;  <iied  1899;  Warren  Asa  Field,  lawyer,  died  1856,  aged  74. 


Frederick  C.  Pierce,  Historian  and  Genealogist,  Chicago.  Dear  Sir:  I  have  the 
honor  to  inform  you  that  there  are  no  graduates  of  Beloit  College  by  the  name  of 
Field  or  Fields.  In  reply  to  yours  of  Jan.  3,  1900.  Yours  very  truly,  Chas.  A. 
Bacon,  Librarian. 

UNION  COLLEGE,  SCHENECTADY,  N.  Y.— Jeremiah  Field,  class  of  1816, 
lawyer,  Chester,  Vt.,  removed  to  Ellsburg,  N.  Y.,  died  1861;  George  W.  Field, 
class  of  1836,  M.D.,  Geneva,  N.  Y.,  died  Geneva,  1875;  Thomas  W.  Field,  class  of 
1849,  teacher,  died  Williamsburg,  N.  Y. ;  William  H.  Field,  class  of  1863,  lawyer, 
died  New  York  City. 

ated 1798,  M.A.,  Dartmouth,  1805,  died  1833,  aged  60;  Levi  Field,  graduated  1799, 
died  1820,  aged  40;  John  Field,  graduated  1807,  died  1S27,  aged  48;  Lucius  Field, 
graduated  1821,  M.A.,  Amherst,  1826,  died  1839,  aged  48,  tutor  Amherst;  Constant 
Field,  graduated  1825,  M.D.,  Berkshire  Medical,  1829,  died  1833,  aged  29;  David 
Dudley  Field,  graduated  1825,  M.A.,  1838,  LL.D.,  1855,  also  Univ.  Bologna  and 
Univ.  Edinburgh;  Jonathan  Edwards  Field,  graduated  1832,  president  Massachu- 
setts Senate,  died  1868,  aged  56;  David. Dudley  Field,  graduated  1837;  Stephen 
Johnson  Field,  graduated  1837,  M.  A.,  LL.D.,  1864,  professor  of  law,  Univ.  of  Calif, 
judge  and  chief  justice  supreme  court  of  California  and  justice  supreme  court  of 
the  United  States;  Henry  Martyn  Field,  graduated  1838,  M.A.,  D.D.,  1862;  Samuel 
Tobey  Field,  graduated  1848;  Dudley  Field,  graduated  1850,  died  1880,  aged  50; 
Henry  Martyn  Field,  graduated  1854;  Cyrus  West  Field,  graduated  1859;  Aaron 
Wesley  Field,  graduated  1865;  Matthew  Dickinson  Field,  graduated  1875,  M.D., 
1880,  Bellevue  Medical  College,  1879,  Edward  Morse  Field,  graduated  1876,  M.A. ; 
Cyrus  William  Field,  graduated  1879;  Charles  Field,  graduated  1881;  William 
Davis  Field,  graduated  1886. 

COLUMBIA  UNIVERSITY,  NEW  YORK,  N.  Y.—Archelaus  G.,  medicine, 
1864;  Chauncey  M.,  medicine,  1875;  Cortlandt  de  P.,  arts,  1859;  Edward  P.,  law, 
1880;  Edward  S.,  arts,  1881,  law,.  1883;  Edwin,  medicine,  1873;  Frank  H.,  law, 
1888;  Henry  M.,  medicine,  1862;  Jacob  T.,  medicine,  1863;  Joseph  K.,  law,  1879; 
Otis,  arts,  1873;  William  H.,  law,  1865;  Peter  Conover,  medicine,  1895. 

of  Rutland,  Vt.,  in  1894  received  the  honorary  degree  of  A.M.  He  is  now  cashier 
of  Rutland  County  National  Bank ;  superintendent  Sunday-school,  Congregational. 

PHILLIPS  ACADEMY,  ANDOVER.  MASS.— Artemas  Clinton  Field,  San- 
bomton,  N.  H.,  1853-55;  Barnum  W.  Field,  Boston,  Mass.,  1842;  Charles  Arm- 
strong Field,  Dorset,  Vt.,  1871;  Henry  Martyn  Field,  West  Cambridge,  Mass.,  1855; 
John  Worcester  Field,  West  Cambridge,  Mass.,  1853-55;  William  Evarts  Field, 
West  Cambridge,  Mass.,  1865;  Charles  Field,  Jr.,  Athol,  Mass.,  graduated  trom 
Phillips  Academy,  Andover,  in  1877,  from  Williams  College  in  1881;  Charles  Kings- 
ley  Field,  23  Park  street.  Park  Lane,  London,  W.,  England,  here  in  1897,  did  not 
graduate;  Edward  Davenport  Field,  41  Prospect  street,  Rutland,  Vt.,  here  in  1895-96, 
did  not  graduate;  John  Howe  Field,  27  North  Main  street,  Rutland,  Vt.,  graduated 
in  1889,  Yale  1892;  Charles  Clesson  Field,  598  Atlantic  avenue,  Brooklyn,  N.  Y., 
here  in  1890,  did  not  graduate;  Tracy  Cameron  Field,  23  Park  street.  Park  Lane, 
London,  W.,  England,  here  in  1897,  did  not  graduate;  William  Henry  Field,  Rut- 
land, Vt.  graduated  in  1895;  William  Joslin  Field,  53  Spring  street,  Keene,  N,  H., 
here  in  1896-97,  did  not  graduate. 

Clinton  Field,  Lempster,  H.  H.,  clergyman,  Hinesburg,  Vt. ;  1866.  Roswell  Martin 
Field,  St.  Louis,  Mo.,  journalist,  Kansas  City,  Mo.;    1876,  George  Walker  Field, 


Ferrisburg,  Vt.,  farmer,  Burlington,  Vt. ;  1886,  James  William  Field,  Berwick, 
Me.,  business,  Exeter,  N.  H. 

nee  Edwards,  class  ot  1889,  bom  1867,  Syracuse,  N.  Y.  ;  married  Howard  Field, 
June  12,  1890;  address  1562  Maple  avenue,  Evanston. 

graduated  1870,  A.B.,  A.M.,  M.D.,  Chicago  Medical  College,  1875,  residence  Eagle 
Grove,  Iowa;  Jennie,  graduated  1874,  Mrs.  James  W.  Bashford,  Delaware,  Iowa; 
Walter  Scott,  graduated  1878,  B.S.,  LL.B.,  1880,  assistant  attorney  Vernon  county. 
Wis..  1886-90,  Oklahoma  City,  Okla. ;  Jesse  Southwick,  graduated  1886,  city  attor- 
ney, district  attorney.  Pierce  county,  Wis.,  residence  Prescott,  Wis.;  Samuel  M., 
graduated  1895,  LL.B.,  attorney,  207  Sixth  street,  Racine,  Wis. 

OBERLIN  COLLEGE,  OBERLIN,  OHIO.— Mrs.  Abby  Manchester  Field- 
Goodsell,  1876,  born  Jan.  8,  1856,  Byron,  Cal. ;  Adelia  Antoinette  Field- Johnston, 
1856,  born  Feb.  5,  1837,  dean  Woman's  Department,  Oberlin  College;  Anna  Louise 
Hine-Field,  1882,  born  March  7,  1855,  80  Kentucky  street,  Cleveland,  Ohio;  May 
Baldwin  Fairfield-Field,  1883;  1828  North  street,  Lincoln,  Neb. 

PRINCETON  UNIVERSITY,  PRINCETON,  N.  J.— Robert  Field,  graduated 
1793,  no  details;  James  Ten  Eyck  Field,  graduated  1806;  born  Oct.  31,  1787,  died 
1866,  married  Rachel  Depuy,  had  daughter  who  died  an  infant,  and  son  Depui 
(Princeton,  1830),  see  later;  Richard  Stockton  Field,  graduated  1821;  born  Dec. 
31,  1803,  died  May  25,  1870;  Depui  Field,  graduated  1830,  see  above,  died  1835; 
George  G.  Field,  graduated  1839,  no  details,  still  living;  Roscoe  Field,  graduated 
1848,  no  details,  still  living;  Alexander  Shaw  Field,  graduated  1852,  no  details,  still 
living;  Edward  Field,  graduated  1861,  born  May  18,  1841,  still  living;  Chauncey 
Mitchell  Field,  graduated  1871,  born  March  27,  1850,  died  July  12,  1895,  third  son  of 
Richard  R.  and  Margaretta  Field;  Richard  Edgar  Field,  graduated  1874,  no 
details,  died  1891 ;  William  Pierson  Field,  graduated  1883,  no  details,  still  living. 

THE  WESLEYAN  UNIVERSITY.— Daniel  Webster  Field,  non-graduate, 
born  in  1814  in  Providence,  R.  I.,  lett  college  in  1835  at  close  ot  sophomore 
year;  engaged  in  dry  goods  business  in  Providence,  R.  I.,  several  years;  became  a 
portrait  painter  for  several  years;  atterward  devoted  himself  to  jewelry,  study  ot 
mechanics,  and  landscape  painting;  married  in  1835  Nancy  Curtis,  of  Springfield, 
Mass.  Children— Daniel  C,  Elizabeth  S.  married  E.  S.  Leavitt,  Helen  S.  married 
W.  H.  Green,  Zipporah  C.  married  Frank  Jones. 

Leon  Chester  Field,  A.B.,  1870;  born  in  Southbridge,  Mass.,  Feb.  7,  1847;  was 
a  teacher  and  Methodist  minister;  married  Aug.  22,  1870,  Clara  Elizabeth  Crowell, 
ot  Ware,  Mass.  Children — Leona  Minor,  born '1875;  Grace  Josephine,  born  1878, 
died  1879.     He  died  in  1885. 



The  tollowmg  is  a  complete,  correct,  and  ofl&cial  list  of  persons  by  the  name  of 
Field,  however  spelled,  who  served  in  the  Revolutionary  army  from  the  state 
of  Massachusetts.  It  is  compiled  from  the  publications  recently  issued  by  the  State, 
under  the  direction  of  the  Secretary  of  State.  This  name  also  appears  under  the 
form  of  Feaild,  Feald,  Fealds,  Feeald,  Feild,  Feildes,  Feilds,  Feld,  Fiealds,  Fields. 

FEAILD,  PETER.  Seaman,  schooner  "Franklin,"  Samuel  Green,  master; 
engaged  March  14,  1777;  discharged  May  13,  1777;  service,  2  mos.  29  days  (?). 

FEALD,  JAMES.  Private,  Capt.  Pelatiah  Eddy's  co.,  Col.  Abiel  Mitchel's 
regt.,  commanded  by  Lieut.  Col.  James  Williams,  Brig.  Gen.  Godfrey's  (Bristol  co.) 
brigade;  service,  6  days;  company  marched  from  Taunton  to  Tiverton,  R.  I.,  on 
the  alarm  of  Aug.  i,  1780. 

FEALDS,  BARZILLAL  Private.  Capt.  Zebedee  Redding's  co.,  Col.  Gamaliel 
Bradford's  (12th)  regt. ;  pay  roll  for  December,  1778, 

FEEALD,  SAMUEL,  JR.,  Andover.  Private,  Capt.  Joshua  Holt's  (4th  An- 
dover)  co.,  which  marched  on  the  alarm  of  April  19,  1775,  to  Cambridge;  service,  i 
1-2  days. 

FEILD,  BENJAMIN.  Private,  Capt.  John  Hall,  Jr.'s  (ist)  co.,  Col.  Palmer's 
regt. ;  service,  4  days  at  Rhode  Island;  company  assembled  March  4,  1776. 

FEILD,  BAZALEEL.  List  dated  Taunton,  May  21,  1778,  ot  men  mustered 
by  James  Leonard,  muster  master,  to  serve  for  the  term  of  9  mos.  from  the  time  of 
their  arrival  at  FishkiU;  Capt.  Samuel  Robinson's  (ist  Attleborough)  co.,  Col. 
John  Daggett's  (4th  Bristol  co. )  regt. ;  age,  16  yrs. ;  stature,  5  ft.  10  in.;  complex- 
ion, light;  hair,  black;  eyes,  dark;  engaged  for  town  of  Attleborough;  arrived  at 
FishkiU  June  19,  1778. 

FEILD,  EBENEZER.  Private.  Capt.  John  Hall,  Jr.'s  (ist)  co..  Col.  Palmer's 
regt. ;  service,  4  days,  at  Rhode  Island;  company  assembled  March  4,  1776. 

BEILD,  EBENEZER,  JR.  Sergeant,  Capt.  John  Hall,  Jr.'s  (ist)  co..  Col. 
Palmer's  regt.;  service,  15  days,  at  Rhode  Island;  company  assembled  March 
4.  1776. 

FEILD,  FOBES.  Private,  Capt.  Nathan  Packard's  co.,  Col.  Edward  Mitch- 
ell's regt.;  service,  5  days;  company  ordered  to  Squantum  March  4,  1776,  on  an 

FEILD,  JACKSON.  Capt.  John  Hall,  Jr.'s  (ist)  co..  Col.  Palmer's  regt. ;  serv- 
ice, 15  days,  at  Rhode  Island;  company  assembled  March  4,  1776. 

FEILD,  JOHN.  Private,  Capt.  Israel  Trow's  co..  Col.  John  Daggett's  regt. ; 
entered  service  Jan,  19,  1778;  discharged  March  31,  1778;  service,  2  mos.  13  days, 
under  Maj.  Gen.  Spencer  at  Rhode  Island;  company  dratted  to  serve  for  3  months 
from  Jan.  i,  1778.     Roll  sworn  to  at  Norton. 

FEILD,  JONATHAN.  Private,  Capt.  Josiah  Vose's  (Milton)  co. ;  service, 
from  April  13  to  April  26,  1776,  12  days,  in  defense  of  seacoast. 

FEILD,  JOSEPH.  Capt.  John  Worthley's  co..  Col.  Edmund  Phinney's  regt. ; 
order  tor  bounty  coat  or  its  equivalent  in  money  dated  Fort  No.  2,  1775. 

FEILD,  JOSEPH.  Private,  Capt.  John  Hall,  Jr.'s  (ist)  co. ;  Col.  Palmer's 
regt. :  service,  10  days,  at  Rhode  Island;  company  assembled  March  4,  1776. 

FEILD,  RICHARD.     Corporal,  Capt.  Nathan  Snow's  co.,  Col.  Hawes's  regt.; 



enlisted  Sept.  24,  1777;  service  i  mo.  9  days,  on  a  secret  expedition  to  Rhode 
Island.     Roll  sworn  to  at  Plymouth. 

FEILD,  RICHARD.  Private,  Capt.  Nathan  Packard's  co..  Col.  Edward 
Mitchell's  regt. ,  service,  5  days;  company  ordered  to  march  to  Squantum  March  4, 
1776,  on  an  alarm. 

FEILD.  ROBERT.  Descriptive  list  dated  West  Point,  Jan.  20,  1781;  Capt. 
Ebenezer  Smith's  co. ;  lieut.  Col.  Smith's  (6th)  regt.;  age,  i4yrs;  stature,  4  ft.  7 
in. ;  complexion,  light;  hair,  light;  eyes,  g^'^y;  rank,  drummer;  enlisted  Jan., 
1760,  by  Maj.  Porter;  enlistment,  during  war. 

FEILD,  SOLOMON.  List  dated  Taunton,  May  21,  1778,  ot  men  mustered  by 
James  Leonard,  muster  master,  to  serve  for  the  term  of  9  mos.  from  the  time  of 
their  arrival  at  Fishkill;  Capt.  Samuel  Robinson's  ist  (Attleborough)  co.,  Col.  John 
Daggett's  (4th  Bristol  co.)  regt. ;  age,  17  yrs. ;  statue,  5  ft.  8  in. ;  complexion,  dark; 
hair,  black;  eyes,  black;  engaged  tor  town  of  Attleborough;  arrived  at  Fishkill 
June  19,  1778. 

FEILD,  THOMAS.  Receipt  dated  Boston,  May  3,  1782,  tor  bounty  paid  said 
Feild  by  Alexander  Hodgdon,  in  behalf  of  a  committee  of  the  town  of  Boston,  to 
serve  in  the  Continental  Army  for  the  term  ot  3  yrs. 

FEILD,  TIMOTHY.  Private,  Capt.  John  Hall,  Jr.'s  (ist)  co. ;  Col.  Palmer's 
regt, ;  service,  7  days,  at  Rhode  Island;  company  assembled  March  4,  1776. 

FEILD,  WILLIAM.  Corporal,  Capt.  John  Hall,  Jr.'s  (ist)  co..  Col.  Palmer's 
regt. ;  service,  15  days,  at  Rhode  Island;  company  assembled  March  4,  1776. 

FEILD,  ZEBULON,  Taunton.  Drummer,  Capt.  Ichabod  Leonard's  co.,  Col. 
John  Hathaway 's  regt.;  service,  20  days;  company  marched  from  Taunton  to 
Tiverton,  R.  I.,  in  April,  1777. 

FEILDES,  JOHN.  Power  of  attorney,  dated  Feb.  22,  1785,  given  to  Mason 
Wattles,  by  said  Feildes,  a  laborer  of  New  Rochelle,  N.  Y.,  to  collect  the  wages,  etc., 
due  him  for  service  in  the  army. 

FEILDING,  JOHN.  Private.  loth  Mass.  regt. ;  list  of  men  belonging  to  the 
Mass.  line  reported  as  not  having  been  mustered  or  who  were  omitted  from  pay 
rolls  to  whom  wages  and  depreciation  were  allowed;  reported  omitted  July,  1777. 

FEILDS,  JOSEPH.  Descriptive  list  of  men  raised  to  serve  in  the  Continental 
army  for  the  term  of  9  mos.  from  the  time  of  their  arrival  at  Fishkill,  returned  as 
mustered  in  from  Gen.  Thompson's  brigade  May  19,  1778,  by  Daniel  Ilsley,  muster 
master,  for  Cumberland  co.,  and  delivered  to  Maj.  James  Johnston,  superintendent 
for  said  co. ;  age,  29  yrs. ;  stature,  5  ft.  93^  in. ;  complexion,  light. 

FELD,  PETER.  Capt.  Micajah  Gleason's  co.,  Col.  Nixon's  regt.;  company 
receipt  for  advance  pay  dated  Cambridge,  June  10,  1775. 

FELD,  ZEBULON,  3d.  List  of  men  mustered  for  6  mos.  service  at  Rhode 
Island  by  James  Leonard,  muster  master  for  Bristol  co.,  dated  July  7,  1778;  Col. 
George  William's  regt. 

FIEALDS,  SAMUEL,  Andover.  Private,  Capt  Joshua  Holt's  (4th  Andover) 
CO.,  which  marched  on  the  alarm  of  April  19,  1775,  to  Cambridge;  service,  i  day; 
reported  as  among  men  who  were  aged  or  unable  to  bear  arms  who  carried  provis- 
ions to  Cambridge  for  those  in  need. 

FIELD,  AARON,  Springfield.  Surgeon's  mate,  Lieut.  Col.  Barnabas  Sear's 
regt.;  marched  Aug.  i.  1781;  discharged  Nov.  15,  1781;  service,  3  mos.  21  days, 
travel  included;  regiment  raised  for  3  mos.     Roll  sworn  to  at  Greenwich. 

FIELD,  ABIEZER,  Taunton.  Private,  Capt.  Ichabod  Leonard's  co..  Col. 
John  Hathaway's  regt. ;  service,  20  days ;  company  marched  from  Taunton  to 
Tiverton,  R.  I.,  in  April,  1777,  by  order  of  Brig.  Gen.  Godfrey. 

FIELD,  ABIEZER,  Taunton.     Private,  Capt.  Joshua  Wilbore's  co.,  Col.  Josiah 


Whitney's  regt. ;  service,  i  mo.  23  days;  company  marched  from  Taunton  to  Prov- 
idence, R.  1.  Roll  made  up  for  wages  and  travel,  agreeable  to  resolve  of  April, 
1777,  and  sworn  to  at  Taunton,  Sept.  23,  1777. 

FIELD,  ABIEZER.  Private,  Capt.  Pelatiah  Eddy's  co.,  Col.  Abiel  Mitchel's 
regt.,  commanded  by  Lieut.  Col.  James  Williams,  Brig.  Gen.  Godfrey's  (Bristol 
CO.)  brigade;  service,  8  days;  company  marched  from  Taunton  to  Tiverton,  R.  1., 
on  the  alarm  of  Aug.  i,  1780. 

FIELD,  ASA.  Private,  Capt.  Samuel  Merriman's  (2d)  co.,  Col.  Israel  Chap- 
en's  (3d)  regt;  enlisted  Oct.  15,  1779;  discharged  Nov.  21,  1779;  service,  i  mo.  14 
days,  travel  included;  roll  endorsed  "service  at  Claverack." 

FIELD,  BARZILLIA,  Bridgewater.  Private,  Capt.  Abiel  Peirce's  co.,  Col. 
Nicholas  Dike's  regt. ;  pay  abstract  for  mileage  to  and  from  camp,  etc. ;  warrant 
allowed  in  Council,  Nov.  30,  1776;  also,  Capt.  Edward  Cobb's  co. ;  service,  2  mos. 
4%  days;  company  marched  from  Bridgewater  and  Abington  April  21,  1777,  to 
Bristol,  R.  1.;  roll  endorsed  "Col.  Titcomb's  regt.;"  also,  Capt.  John  Ames's  co. ; 
enlisted  June  26,  1778;  discharged  July  20,  1778;  service,  24  days;  company  march- 
ed to  Rhode  Island  June  26,  1778,  and  joined  Col.  Wade's  regt.  June  27,  1778,  tor  24 
(also  given  21)  days'  service;  also,  Capt.  Jacob  Pool's  co..  Col.  Jacob's  (Plymouth 
CO.)  regt. ;  enlisted  July  21,  1780;  discharged  Oct.  21,  1780;  service,  3  mos.  13  days, 
travel  included ;  company  raised  to  reinforce  the  Continental  Army  for  3  mos. ;  roll 
sworn  to  at  Boston. 

FIELD,  BENJAMIN,  Falmouth.  Capt.  Samuel  Noyes's  co..  Col.  Edmund 
Phinnie's  (31st)  regt;  billeting  allowed  from  date  ot  enlistment  July  10,  1775,  to 
date  ot  marching  irom  Falmouth,  July  13,  1775;  credited  with  3  days'  allowance; 
also,  private,  same  co.  and  regt.;  company  return  (probably  Oct.,  1775);  also,  order 
for  bounty  coat  or  its  equivalent  in  money  dated  Fort  No.  2,  Cambridge,  Oct.  27, 


FIELD,  BENJAMIN,  Greenwich.  Private,  Capt  Joseph  Hooker's  co.  of 
Minute-men,  Col.  Ruggles  Woodbridge's  regt,  which  marched  April  20,  1775,  in 
response  to  the  alarm  ot  April  19,  1775;  service  18  days;  also,  Capt.  John  Thomp- 
son's CO.;  Col.  Leonard's  (Hampshire  co.)  regt,  enlisted  May  7,  1777;  discharged 
July  8,  1777;  service,  2  mos.  10  days,  travel  included;  company  marched  to  rein- 
force Northern  army  for  2  mos. 

FIELD,  BEZALEEL.  Private,  Capt  Elisha  May's  co. ;  enlisted  Sept, 
1776;  discharged  Nov.,  1776;  company  served  on  a  2  mos.'  campaign  at  New 

FIELD,  DANIEL,  Buxton.  Capt  John  Rice's  co. ;  billeting  allowed  from  date 
of  enlistment,  July  3,  1775,  to  date  of  marching  from  Scarborough,  to  headquarters, 
July  4,  1775;  credited  with  allowance  for  i  day;  also,  private,  Capt.  John  Rice's 
CO.,  Col.  Edmund  Phinney's  (31st)  regt ;  company  return  dated  Sept.  29,  1775. 

FIELD,  DANIEL,  Pepperell.  Enlistment  agreement  signed  by  said  Field  and 
others,  engaging  themselves  to  serve  tor  3  yrs.,  unless  sooner  discharged;  enlisted 
Dec.  23,  1776;  also,  list  of  men  mustered  by  Nathaniel  Barber,  Muster  Master  for 
Suffolk  CO.,  dated  Boston,  Jan.  8,  1777:  Capt  Thomas's  co..  Col.  Thomas  Marshall's 
regt;  also,  private.  Colonel's  co..  Col.  Marshall's  regt;  Continental  army  pay  ac- 
counts for  service  from  Jan.  i,  1777,  to  Jan.  22,  1778;  reported  died  Jan.  22,  1778; 
also,  2d  sergeant,  Capt.  Philip  Thomas's  co..  Col.  Thomas  Marshall's  regt. ;  rations 
allowed  from  date  of  enlistment,  Dec.  23,  1776,  to  Feb.  6,  1777;  credited  with  46 
days'  allowance;  subsistence  also  allowed  tor  11  days'  travel  on  march  from  Boston 
to  Bennington;  also,  Capt  Philip  Thomas's  (5th)  co..  Col.  Thomas  Marshall's  (loth) 
regt ;  return  of  men  in  camp  on  or  before  Aug.  15,  1777. 

FIELD,  DANIEL,  Pepperellborough.      Private,  Capt  John  Elden's  co..  Col. 


Lemuel  Robinson's  regt. ;  company  return  dated  Roxbury,  Feb.  26,  1776;  also, 
company  receipt  dated  Dorchester,  April  i,  1776,  given  to  Capt.  John  Elden,  tor 
travel  allowance  to  camp  and  home. 

FIELD,  DANIEL  (also  given  Jr.),Pownalborough  (also  given  Pepperellborough, 
Walla,  and  Sanford).  List  of  men  raised  to  serve  in  the  Continental  army  from 
Capt.  Larkin  Thorndike's,  Capt.  John  Woodbury's,  and  Capt.  Joseph  Rae's  ist,  2d, 
and  3d  COS.  in  Beverly,  dated  Beverly,  Feb.  13,  1778;  residence,  Pownalborough ; 
engaged  for  town  ot  Beverly;  joined  Capt.  William  Peter's  (Porter's)  co.,  Col. 
Francis's  regt. ;  term,  3  years;  said  Field  reported  as  belonging  to  ist  Beverly  co. ; 
also,  list  of  men  mustered  by  Nathaniel  Wells,  muster  master  for  York  co.,  dated 
Wells,  March  12,  1777;  residence  Pepperellborough;  Capt.  Porter's  co..  Col.  Ebene- 
zer  Francis's  regt. ;  reported  received  state  bounty ;  also,  private,  Capt.  Billy  Por- 
ter's CO.,  Col.  Benjamin  Tupper's  regt. ;  Continental  Army  pay  accounts  for  service 
from  Feb.  27,  1777,  to  Dec.  31,  1779;  residence.  Wells;  also,  detachment  from  Capt. 
Porter's  co..  Col.  Francis's  regt. ;  rations  allowed  from  date  of  enlistment,  Feb.  27, 
1777,  to  time  oi  marching;  credited  with  47  days'  allowance;  residence,  Sanford; 
also,  Capt.  Billy  Porter's  co..  Col.  Benjamin  Tupper's  regt;  muster  roll  for  Jan. 
1779,  dated  West  Point;  reported  furloughed  by  Gen.  Paterson,  Nov.  19,  1777,  for 
60  days. 

FIELD,  DANIEL.  Capt.  Nathan  Alden's  co. ;  Col.  Jeremiah  Hall's  regt. ; 
company  order,  payable  to  Capt.  Alden,  tor  wages  for  3  mos.'  service  at  Bristol, 
R.  I  ,  dated  Bristol,  March  7,  1777. 

FIELD,  DANIEL.  List  of  men  in  Capt.  J.  Sprague's  division  in  service  in 
Oct.  1777. 

FIELD,  DANIEL,  JR.,  Buxton.  Private,  Capt.  John  Elden's  co..  Col.  Lemuel 
Robinson's  regt;  company  return  dated  Roxbury,  Feb.  26,  1776;  also,  company 
receipt  dated  Dorchester,  April  i,  1776,  given  to  Capt.  John  Elden,  tor  travel  allow- 
ance to  camp  and  home. 

FIELD,  DARIUS.  Private,  Capt.  Rufus  Barney's  co..  Col.  Carpenter's  regt. ; 
service,  4  days,  on  an  alarm  at  Rhode  Island;  company  detached  to  march  to 
Tiverton,  R.  I.,  for  6  days;  roll  dated  July  28,  1780;  also,  Capt  John  Shaw's  co.. 
Col.  Abiel  Mitchel's  regt.;  service,  4  days;  company  marched  to  Rhode  Island 
March  6,  1781,  by  order  of  His  Excellency  John  Hancock,  on  a  40  days'  expedition. 

FIELD,  DAVID.  Official  record  of  a  ballot  by  the  House  of  Representatives 
dated  Jan.  31,  1776;  said  Field  chosen  Colonel  of  5th  Hampshire  co.,  regt.  ot  Mass. 
militia;  appointment  concurred  in  by  Council  Feb.  8,  1776;  reported  commissioned 
Feb.  8,  1776;  also,  colonel;  return  dated  Boston,  April  8,  1777;  signed  by  Brig. 
Gen.  Timothy  Danielson,  of  companies  of  militia  from  Hampshire  co..  which 
turned  out  as  volunteer  under  Col.  David  Leonard  and  Lieut.  Col.  May  to  reinforce 
the  army  at  Ticonderoga,  agreeable  to  order  of  Council  of  Feb.,  1777;  two  com- 
panies raised  from  said  Field's  regt. ;  also,  resignation  dated  Deerfield.  Feb.  14,  1778, 
signed  by  said  Field,  stating  that  he  had  been  appointed  to  the  "first  commission" 
in  5th  Hampshire  co.  regt.,  that  he  had  served  in  that  capacity  to  the  best  of  his 
ability,  but  owing  to  old  age  was  no  longer  able  to  fulfill  the  duties  ot  his  office,  and 
asking  that  his  resignation  be  accepted;  resignation  accepted  by  General  Court, 
Feb.  20,  1778. 

FIELD,  EBENEZER,  Amherst  Capt  Noadiah  Leonard's  co.,  Col.  Benjamin 
Ruggles  Woodbridge's  (25th)  regt. ;  receipt  for  advance  pay  dated  Cambridge,  June 
22,  1775;  also,  private,  same  co.  and  regt. ;  muster  roll  dated  Aug.  i,  1775;  enlisted 
May  2,  1775;  service,  3  mos.  7  days;  also,  company  return  (probably  Oct.,  1775); 
also,  order  for  bounty  coat  or  its  equivalent  in  money  dated  Prospect  Hill,  Oct. 
25.  1775- 


FIELD,  EBENEZER,  Brookfield.  Matross,  Capt.  William  Todd's  (8th)  co.. 
Col.  Thomas  Craft's  (artillery)  regt. ;  service  from  Feb.  i,  1776,  to  date  of  discharge, 
May  8,  1776,  3  mos.  7  days.     Roll  sworn  to  at  Boston. 

FIELD,  EBENEZER,  Western.  Corporal,  Capt.  Reuben  Read's  co.  of  Minute- 
men  Col.  Jonathan  Warner's  regt. ;  which  marched  April  20,  1775,  m  response  to 
the  alarm  of  April  19,  1775,  to  Roxbury;  service,  8  days;  also,  sergeant,  Capt.  John 
Grainger's  CO.,  Col.  Ebenezer  Learned's  regt.;  muster  roll  dated  Aug.  i,  1775;  en- 
listed April  28,  1775;  service,  3  mos.  i  week  4  days;  also  company  return  dated 
Oct.  7,  1775;  also,  lieutenant.  Col.  William  Shepard's  (4th)  regt. ;  Continental  army 
pay  accounts  for  service  from  Jan.  i,  1777  to  Dec.  31,  1779;  also,  Capt.  Thomas 
Fish's  CO.,  Col.  William  Shepard's  (3d)  regt.;  muster  roll  for  Oct.  and  Aug.,  1778; 
also,  Lieut.  Col.  Ebenezer  Sprout's  co.,  Col.  Shepard's  regt. ;  muster  roll  for  March 
and  April,  1779,  dated  Providence;  appointed  Jan.  i,  1777;  reported  furloughed  May 
4,  also  given  May  5  (year  not  given),  for  10  (also  given  8)  days  by  Col.  Shepard; 
also,  captain  lieutenant.  Col.  Shepard's  regt. ;  return  of  officers  for  clothing  dated 
Salem,  Aug.  28,  1779;  also,  lieutenant,  Col.  Shepard's  regt.;  Continental  army  pay 
accounts  for  service  from  Jan.  i,  1780,  to  April  14,  1780. 

FIELD,  EBENEZER,  Wrentham.  Private,  Capt.  Benjamin  Haws's  co.,  Col. 
John  Smith's  regt.,  which  marched  on  the  alarm  of  April  19,  1775;  service,  6  days; 
also,  Capt.  Oliver  Pond's  co..  Col.  Joseph  Read's  (29th)  regt.;  muster  roll  dated 
Aug.  I,  1775;  enlisted  May  1,  1775;  service,  3  mos.  8  days;  also,  company  return 
dated  Sept.  25,  1775;  also,  order  for  bounty  coat  or  its  equivalent  in  money  dated 
Roxbury,  Dec.  27,  1775. 

FIELD,  EBENEZER  (also  given  Eben.),  Jr.,  Braintree.  Corporal,  Capt.  John 
Hall,  Jr.'s  CO.  of  Minute-men  of  North  Parish  in  Braintree,  Col.  Benjamin  Lincoln's 
regt.,  which  assembled  April  19,  1775,  and  also  April  29,  1775;  service,  7  days; 
also,  private,  Capt.  Edmund  Billing's  co.  ot  North  Precinct  in  Braintree,  Col.  Jona- 
than Bass's  regt. ;  service,  2  days;  company  assembled  June  13,  1776,  to  drive  Brit- 
ish ships  from  Boston  harbor ;  roll  sworn  to  at  Boston. 

FIELD,  ELIHU.  Private,  Capt.  Amasa  Sheldon's  co..  Col.  Elisha  Porter's 
regt.;  enlisted  July  10,  1777;  discharged  July  18,  1777;  service,  15  days,  travel  in- 
cluded, on  expedition  to  Northern  department.     Roll  sworn  to  at  Deerfield. 

FIELD,  ELIJAH,  Sunderland.  Private,  Capt.  Noadiah  Leonard's  co..  Col. 
Ruggles  Woodbridge's  regt.,  which  marched  on  the  alarm  of  April  19,  1775 ;  service, 
7  days ;  also,  list  of  men  returned  as  serving  on  picket  guard  under  Maj.  Loammi 
Baldwin  dated  May  11,  1775;  also,  Capt.  Noadiah  Leonard's  co..  Col.  Benjamin 
Ruggles  Woodbridge's  (25th)  regt. ;  receipt  for  advance  pay  dated  Cambridge, 
June  24,  1775;  also,  private,  same  co.  and  regt.;  muster  roll  dated  Aug.  i,  1775; 
enlisted  April  27,  1775;  service,  3  mos.  12  days;  also,  company  return  (probably 
Oct.,  1775);  also,  order  for  bounty  coat  or  its  equivalent  in  money  dated  Cambridge, 
Oct  31,  1775. 

FIELD,  ELIJAH.  Corporal,  Capt.  Reuben  Petty's  co..  Lieut.  Col.  Samuel 
William's  regt. ;  engaged  Dec.  16,  1776;  discharged  March  19,  i777;  service,  3  mos. 
15  days,  travel  included. 

FIELD,  ELIJAH.  Sergeant,  Capt.  Moses  Harvey's  co.,  Col.  David  Wells's 
regt;  engaged  May  10,  1777;  discharged  July  10,  1777;  service,  2  mos.  10  days, 
travel  included,  in  Northern  department.     Roll  dated  Montague. 

FIELD,  ELIJAH.  Private,  Capt  Moses  Harvey's  co..  Col.  Woodbridge's 
regt;  enlisted  Aug.  22,  1777;  'discharged  Nov.  29,  1777;  service,  3  mos.  17  days, 
travel  included;  company  raised  to  reinforce  Northern  army;  roll  endorsed  "service 
at  Saratoga." 

FIELD,  ELIJAH.     Assistant  at  the  scale,  under  Timothy  Leonard,  assistant 


commissary  of  issues,  N.  D.,  in  Brig.  Gen.  Warner's  brigade;  enlisted  Oct.  9,  I777; 
discharged  Nov.  30,  1777;  service,  i  mo.  29  days,  6  days'  travel  included. 

FIELD,  ELIJAH.  Private,  Capt.  Samuel  Merriman's  (2d)  co.,  Col.  Israel 
Chapen's  (3d)  regt. ;  enlisted  Oct.  15,  1779;  discharged  Nov.  21,  1779;  service,  i 
mo.  14  days,  travel  included;  roll  endorsed  "service  at  Claverack. " 

FIELD,  EPHRAIM,  Braintree.  Private,  Capt.  John  Vinton's  (Braintree)  co. 
of  Minute-men,  Col.  Benjamin  Lincoln's  regt,  which  assembled  April  29,  i775: 
service,  3  days. 

FIELD,  EPHRAIM.  Private,  in  a  company  commanded  by  Capt.  Thomas 
Nash  of  Weymouth,  Col.  Solomon  Lovell's  regt  ;  service,  4  days;  company  marched 
to  take  possession  of  Dorchester  Heights  March  4,  1776;  roll  endorsed  "minute 

FIELD,  EPHRAIM.  Descriptive  list  of  men  raised  in  Plymouth  co,  in  1779, 
to  serve  in  the  Continental  army ;  age,  23  yrs. ;  stature,  5  ft.  9  in. ;  complexion, 
light;  engaged  for  town  of  Bridgewater;  delivered  to  Capt.  L.  Bailey;  also.  Major's 
CO.,  Col.  Wesson's  (gth)  regt.;  entered  service  July  24,  1779;  discharged  April  24, 
1780;  term,  9  mos. 

FIELD,  EPHRAIM.  Private,  Capt.  David  Packard's  co.,  Col.  Gary's  regt.; 
service,  11  days;  company  marched  to  Rhode  Island  on  the  alarm  of  July  22,  1780. 

FIELD,  FOBES,  Bridgewater.  Private,  Capt.  Josiah  Hayden's  co.  of  Minute- 
men,  Col.  Bailey's  regt,  which  marched  on  the  alarm  of  April  19,  1775;  service,  4 
days;   also,  Capt  Snell's  co..  Col.  Mitchel's  regt.;    marched  Dec.  8,  1776;  service, 

2  weeks,  2  days;  company  marched  to  Providence,  R.  I.,  on  the  alarm  of  Dec.  8, 
1776;  also,  Capt.  David  Packard's  co.,  Col.  Cary's  regt. ;  service,  11  days;  company 
marched  to  Rhode  Island  on  the  alarm  of  July  22,  1780. 

FIELD,  GEORGE.  Private,  Capt.  Timothy  Paige's  co.,  Col.  James  Conver's 
regt.;  enlisted  Aug.  21,  1777;  discharged  Aug.  31,  1777;  service,  10  days-;  company 
marched  to  Bennington  on  an  alarm. 

FIELD,  GEORGE.  Sergeant,  Capt.  Samuel  Merriman's  co.,  6th  Hampshire 
CO.  regt.;  engaged  Sept.  22,  1777;  discharged  Oct.  18,  1777;  service  i  mo.  3  days, 
travel  included,  on  an  expedition  to  the  northward. 

FIELD,  HENRY.  Private,  Capt.  Elihu  Lyman's  co..  Col.  Elisha  Porter's 
(Hampshire  CO.)  regt. ;  enlisted  July  25,  1779;  discharged  Aug.  31,  1779;  service,  i 
mo.  13  days,  travel  included,  at  New  London,  Conn. 

FIELD,  HENRY.  Private,  Capt.  Eliphalet  Sawen's  co..  Col.  William  Mcin- 
tosh's regt.;  enlisted  March  25,  1778;  discharged  April  7,  1778;  service,  13  days, 
with  guards  at  Roxbury;  also,  corporal,  Capt.  Thomas  Newcomb's  co.,  Col.  Eben- 
ezer  Thayer's  regt.;  enlisted  July  22,  1780;  discharged  Oct.  10,  1780;  service,  3 
mos.,  travel  included;  reported  discharged  220  miles  from  home;  company  raised 
to  reinforce  Continental  army  for  3  mos. ;  part  of  company  stationed  at  West  Point 
and  part  at  Rhode  Island ;  list  of  men  raised  for  Continental  service  agreeable  to  re- 
solve of  Dec.  2,  1780;  engaged  Dec.  30,  1780;  engaged  for  town  of  Braintree;  term, 

3  yrs. 

FIELD,  JACKSON,  Braintree.  Private,  Capt.  John  Hall,  Jr.'s  co.  of  Minute- 
men  of  North  Parish  in  Braintree,  Col.  Benjamin  Lincoln's  regt.,  which  assembled 
April  19.  1775,  and  also  April  29,  1775;  service,  7  days;  also,  Capt.  Edmund  Billing's 
CO.  of  North  Precinct  in  Braintree,  Col.  Jonathan  Bass's  regt. ;  service,  5  days;  com- 
pany assembled  June  13,  1776,  to  drive  British  ships  from  Boston  harbor;  roll  sworn 
to  at  Boston. 

FIELD,  JAMES.  Private,  Capt.  Micah  Hamblin's  co. ;  enlisted  July  13,  1775; 
service  to  Dec.  31,  1775,  in  defense  of  seacoast.     Roll  sworn  to  in  Barnstable  Co. 

FIELD,  JOHN,  Marblehead.     List  ot  men  raised  to  serve  in  the  Continental 



army  from  Col.  Jonathan  Glover's  {5th  Essex  co.)  regt.,  as  returned  agreeable  to 
order  of  Council  of  Nov.  7,  1777;  residence,  Marblehead;  engaged  for  town  of  Mar- 
blehead;  term,  3  yrs. 

FIELD,  JOB,  Rhode  Island.  Volunteer,  ship  "Dean."  commanded  by  Capt. 
Elisha  Hinman;  descriptive  list  of  oflScers  and  crew  dated  Boston,  Nov.,  1780; 
age,  10  yrs. ;  complexion,  dark ;  residence,  Rhode  Island. 

FIELD,  JOB,  Swanzey.  List  of  men  raised  to  serve  in  the  Continental  Army 
from  Col.  Jonathan  Glover's  (5th  Essex  Co.)  regt.,  as  returned  agreeable  to  order  ot 
Council  of  Nov.  7,  1777;  residence,  Swanzey;  engaged  for  town  of  Marblehead; 
joined  Col.  William  Lee's  regt. ;  term,  3  yrs. 

FIELD,  JOB.  Marine,  brig  "Hazard,"  commanded  by  Capt.  John  Foster 
Williams;  engaged  May  14,  1779;  service  to  Sept.  6,  1779,  3  mos.  24  days;  national- 
ity, American;  stature,  5  ft.  s%  iii-     Roll  sworn  to  in  Suffolk  Co. 

FIELD.  JOB.  Private,  Capt.  Eliphalet  Sawen's  co..  Col.  William  Mcintosh's 
regt.;  enlisted  March  25,  1778;  discharged  April  7,  1778;  service,  13  days,  with 
guards  at  Roxbury;  also,  Capt.  Joseph  Baxter's  co..  Col.  Mcintosh's  regt..  Gen. 
Lovell's  brigade;  enlisted  Aug.  5,  1778;  discharged  Sept,  14,  1778;  service,  i  mo.  13 
days,  travel  included ;  company  detached  trom  militia  for  service  on  an  expedition 
to  Rhode  Island ;  roll  dated  Braintree  and  sworn  to  at  Boston ;  also,  descriptive  list 
of  men  raised  to  reinforce  Continental  army  for  the  term  of  6  mos.,  agreeable  to 
resolve  of  June  5,  1780,  returned  as  received  of  Justin  Ely,  commissioner,  by  Brig. 
Gen.  John  Glover,  at  Springfield,  July  9,  1780;  age,  20  yrs.;  stature,  5  ft.  6  in.; 
complexion,  light;  engaged  for  town  of  Braintree;  arrived  at  Springfield  July  8, 
1780;  marched  to  camp  July  9,  1780.  under  command  of  Lieut.  Jackson  of  the  artil- 
lery; also,  pay  roll  for  6  mos.'  men  raised  by  the  town  of  Braintree  for  service  in  the 
Continental  army  during  1780;  marched  July  4,  1780;  discharged  Dec.  22,  1780; 
service,  6  mos. 

FIELD,  JOHN,  Greenwich.  Descriptive  list  of  men  raised  to  reinforce  Conti- 
nental army  for  the  term  of  6  mos.,  agreeable  to  resolve  of  June  5,  1780,  returned  as 
received  of  Justin  Ely,  commissioner,  by  Brig.  Gen.  John  Glover,  at  Springfield, 
July  18,  1780;  age,  19  yrs. ;  stature,  5  ft.  10  in. ;  complexion,  dark;  engaged  for  town 
ot  Greenwich;  marched  to  camp  July  18,  1780,  under  command  of  Capt.  Joseph 
Brown;  also,  list  of  men  raised  tor  the  6  mos.'  service  and  returned  by  Brig. 
Gen.  Paterson  as  having  passed  muster  in  a  return  dated  Camp  Totoway,  Oct.  25, 
1780;  also,  pay  roll  tor  6  mos.  raised  by  the  town  of  Greenwich  for  service  in  the 
Continental  army  during  1780;  marched  July  17,  1780;  discharged  Dec.  30,  1780; 
service,  5  mos.  21  days. 

FIELD,  JOHN,  Milton.  Private,  Capt.  John  Bradley's  (Milton)  co.,  Col.  Lem- 
uel Robinson's  regt. ;  service,  n  days,  subsequent  to  Concord  fight  and  before  com- 
pletion of  standing  army.     Roll  dated  Milton,  Dec.  21,  1775. 

FIELD,  JOHN,  Milton.  Private,  Capt.  Elijah  Vose's  co.,  36th  regt. ;  company 
return  dated  Fort  No.  2  (probably  Oct.,  1775);  also,  Capt.  Elijah  Vose's  co..  Col. 
John  Greaton's  regt. ;  order  for  bounty  coat  or  its  equivalent  in  money  dated  Cam- 
bridge, Dec.  2,  1775. 

FIELD,  JOHN,  Milton.  Matross.  Capt.  John  Gill's  (6th)  co.,  Col.  Thomas 
Craft's  (artillery)  regt. ;  service  from  Feb.  i,  1777,  to  May  8,  1777,  3  mos.  7  days. 

FIELD,  JOHN,  Milton.  List  of  men  raised  to  serve  in  the  Continental  army 
trom  Capt.  Bradley's  co.,  Col.  Benjamm  Gill's  regt.,  dated  Stoughton,  June  27, 
1777;  residence,  Milton;  engaged  tor  town  of  Milton;  joined  Capt.  Williams's  co., 
Col.  Greaton's  regt. ;  term,  3  yrs. ;  also,  list  of  men  mustered  by  Nathaniel  Barber, 
muster  master  for  Suffolk  Co.,  dated  Boston,  May  11,  1778;  Capt.  Colton's  co..  Col. 
Greaton's  regt.;   also,  sergeant,  Capt.   Robert   Oliver's  co..  Col.  John  Greaton's 


regt. ;  Continental  army  pay  accounts  for  service  from  May  i,  1777,  to  Dec.  31, 
1779;  also,  Capt.  Edward  Cumpston's  co.,  Col.  Greaton's  (2d)  regt. ;  return  of  men 
in  camp  on  or  before  Aug.  15,  1777;  also,  recommendation  signed  by  John  Greaton, 
colonel  of  3d  Mass.  regt.,  stating  that  there  were  a  number  of  vacancies  for  ensigns 
in  his  regiment,  and  recommending  said  Field  and  four  others  as  qualified  for  the 
positions;  ordered  in  Council  March  4,  1780,  that  said  officers  be  commissioned; 
said  Field's  commission  to  date  from  April  12,  1778;  also,  sergeant,  Capt.  Oliver's 
CO.,  Col.  Greaton's  regt. ;  Continental  army  pay  accounts  for  service  from  Jan.  i, 
1780  to  May  I,  1780. 

FIELD,  JOHN,  Taunton.  Private,  Capt.  Marcey  Williams's  co..  Col.  Timothy 
"Walker's  regt.;  muster  roll  dated  Aug.  i,  1775;  enlisted  May  2,  1775;  service,  3 
mos.  7  days;  also,  company  return  dated  Oct.  6,  1775;  also,  order  for  bounty  coat 
or  its  equivalent  in  money  dated  Roxbury,  Dec.  12,  i775;  also,  private,  Capt.  Elisha 
Barney's  (loth)  co..  Col.  George  Williams's  (3d  Bristol  co.)  regt. ;  service,  25  days; 
company  marched  to  Warren,  via  Rehoboth,  on  the  alarm  at  Rhode  Island  of  Dec. 
8,  1776;  roll  dated  Taunton;  also,  corporal,  Capt.  Jonathan  Shaw's  co.,  Col.  George 
Williams's  regt. ;  service,  i  mo.  i  day;  company  marched  from  Raynbam,  Taunton, 
and  Easton,  in  Sept.,  1777,  on  a  secret  expedition;  also,  private,  Capt.  John  Hask- 
ins's  CO.,  in  a  regiment  commanded  by  Lieut.  Col.  Samuel  Pierce;  enlisted  May  28, 
1779;  discharged  July  i,  1779;  service,  i  mo.  6  days,  travel  included,  at  Tiverton; 
company  raised  to  serve  at  Rhode  Island  until  July  i,  1779. 

FIELD,  JOHN.  Private,  Capt.  Peter  Procter's  co.,  Lieut.  Col.  Williams's 
regt. ;  enlisted  July  10,  1777;  discharged  Aug.  12,  1777;  service,  i  mo.  6  days,  travel 
included ;  company  marched  to  reinforce  northern  army. 

FIELD,  JOHN.  Private,  Capt.  Enoch  Robinson's  co. ;  enlisted  Aug.  12,  1779; 
discharged  Sept  11,  1779;  service,  i  mo.  i  day;  company  ordered  to  serve  at 
Rhode  Island  tor  4  weeks  under  Capt.  Commandant  Samuel  Fisher;  roll  sworn  to 
at  Attleborough.     (See  Thomas  Field.) 

FIELD,  JOHN.  Return  of  men  raised  tor  Continental  service,  agreeable  to  re- 
solve of  Dec.  2,  1780;  engaged  April  23,  1781;  engaged  for  town  of  Boston;  term,  3 
yrs. ;  also,  private,  Capt.  William  Moore's  co.,  Col.  William  Shepard's  (4th)  regt.; 
muster  roll  for  May,  1781,  dated  West  Pomt;  reported  on  command  at  the  lines; 
also,  muster  roll  for  June,  1781,  sworn  to  in  Camp  at  Phillipsborough ;  reported  de- 
serted June  12,  1781. 

FIELD,  JOHN.  6th  Mass.  regt. ;  return  of  men  entitled  to  $80  gratuity  for 
serving  during  war,  endorsed  "to  1782;"  also,  Capt.  Daniel  Pilsbury's  co.,  Lieut. 
Col.  Calvin  Smith's  (6th)  regt. ;  wages  allowed  from   Jan.  to  Dec,  1782.  12  months. 

FIELD,  JOHN,  JR.,  Braintree.  Private,  Capt.  John  Hall,  Jr.'s  co.  of  Minute- 
men  ot  North  Parish  in  Braintree,  Col.  Benjamin  Lincoln's  regt.,  which  assembled 
April  19,  1775,  and  also  April  29,  1775;  service,  7  days;  also,  Capt.  Edmund  Bil- 
lings' CO.  ot  North  Precinct  in  Braintree,  Col.  Jonathan  Bass's  regt. ;  service,  2  days; 
company  assembled  June  13,  1776,  to  drive  British  ships  from  Boston  harbor;  roll 
sworn  to  at  Boston. 

FIELD,  JONATHAN.  Private,  Capt.  Oliver  Vose's  co..  Col.  Robertson's 
regt. ;  service,  15  days;  company  marched  to  Roxbury  subsequent  to  Concord  fight 
and  there  served  before  completion  of  the  standing  army;  roll  sworn  to  Feb.  12, 
1776;  also,  Capt.  John  Bradley's  (Milton)  co..  Col.  Benjamin  Gill's  regt.;  service,  5 
days;  company  marched  to  Dorchester  Neck,  March  4,  1776,  when  the  forts  were 
erected  on  the  Heights. 

FIELD,  JONATHAN.  Private,  Capt.  Edward  Fuller's  co  ,  Col.  Brooks's  regt. ; 
company  return  endorsed  "Oct.,  1776;"  reported  wounded  and  in  hospital. 

FIELD.  JONATHAN.    Private,  Capt.  Joseph  Slarrow'sco.,  Col.  David  Wells's 


regt. ;  enlisted  Sept.  23,  1777;  discharged  Oct.  18,  1777;  service,  i  mo.  i  day,  travel 
included,  on  expedition  to  the  northwest.     Roll  dated  Leverett. 

FIELD,  JOSEPH  (also  given  Jos.,  2d),  Braintree.  Private,  Capt.  John  Hall, 
Jr. 's  CO.  of  Minute-men  of  North  Parish  in  Braintree,  Col.  Benjamin  Lincoln's  regt., 
which  assembled  April  19,  1775,  and  also  April  29,  1775;  service,  214.  days;  also,  cor- 
poral, Capt.  Edmund  Billings's  co.  ot  North  Precinct  in  Braintree,  Col.  Jonathan 
Bass's  regt.;  service,  5  days;  company  assembled  June  13,  1776,  to  drive  British 
ships  from  Boston  harbor;  roll  sworn  to  at  Boston. 

FIELD,  JOSEPH,  Greenwich.  Private,  Capt.  Joseph  Hooker's  co.  ot  Minute- 
men,  Col.  Ruggles  Woodbridge's  regt.,^which  marched  April  20,  1775,  in  response 
to  the  alarm  ot  April  19,  1775;  service,  11  days;  also,  Capt.  Isaac  Gray's  co..  Col. 
Jonathan  Brewer's  regt.;  muster  roll  dated  Aug.  i,  1775;  enlisted  May  i,  1775; 
service,  3  mos.  8  days;  also,  company  return  dated  Prospect  Hill,  Oct.  6,  1775. 

FIELD,  JOSEPH,  North  Yarmouth.  Capt.  John  Worthley's  co..  Col.  John 
Phinney's  regt. ;  billeting  allowed  from  date  of  enlistment,  May  12,  1775,  to  date  of 
marching  to  headquarters,  July  6,  1776;  credited  with  55  days' allowance;  also,  cor- 
poral, same  co.  and  regt.;  company  return  (probably  Oct.,  1775),  dated  Camp  at 
Cambridge;  also,  company  receipt  given  to  Lieut.  Cnspus  Graves  for  wages  for 
Nov.  and  Dec,  1775;  dated  Cambridge,  Feb.  20,  1776;  also,  list  ot  men  raised  in 
Cumberland  co.  for  the  term  of  9  mos.  from  the  time  ot  their  arrival  at  Fishkill ; 
Capt.  Gray's  co.,  Col.  Mitchell's  regt. ;  age,  29  yrs. ;  stature,  5  ft.  9  in.;  complexion, 
light;  residence,  North  Yarmouth;  arrived  at  Fishkill,  June  11,  1778;  also,  list  of 
men  returned  as  received  of  Maj.  James  Johnson,  by  Jonathan  Warner,  commis- 
sioner, at  Fishkill,  June  25,  1778;  also,  list  of  men  returned  by  Brig.  Lemuel  Thomp- 
son, dated  Brunswick,  July  i,  177S;  also,  list  of  men  returned  as  received  of  Jona- 
than Warner,  Commissioner,  by  Col.  R.  Putnam,  July  20,  1778. 

FIELD,  JOSEPH,  Wrentham.  Private,  Capt.  Oliver  Pond's  co.  of  Minute- 
men,  which  marched  on  the  alarm  ot  April  19,  1775;  service,  11  days;  also,  list  of 
men  drafted  from  the  militia  to  march  to  Horse  Neck  under  command  of  Col. 
Mcintosh  (year  not  given),  but  who  failed  to  join  regiment;  reported  drafted  trom 
Wrentham ;  dratted  into  Capt.  Fisher's  co. 

FIELD,  JOSEPH.  Private,  Capt  Phineas  Stearns's  co. ;  service,  5  days;  com- 
pany marched  trom  Watertown  by  order  of  Gen.  Washington  to  reintorce  army  at 
the  taking  of  Dorchester  Heights  in  March,  1776. 

FIELD,  JOSEPH.  Private,  Capt.  Ezekiel  Plimpton's  co..  Col.  Hawes's  regt. ; 
enlisted  Sept.  25,  1777;  discharged  Oct.  28,  1777;  service,  i  mo.  7  days,  travel  in- 
cluded, at  Rhode  Island ;  roll  dated  Medfield. 

FIELD,  JOSEPH.  List  of  prisoners  sent  from  Newport,  R.  I.,  in  the  prison 
ship  "Lord  Sandwich"  and  landed  at  Bristol,  March  7,  1778. 

FIELD,  JOSEPH  (also  given  Jr.).  ist  lieutenant.  Capt.  William  Spinney's 
(nth)  CO.,  Col.  John  Frost's  (2d  York  co.)  regt.  of  Mass.  militia;  list  of  officers 
chosen  by  respective  companies  in  said  regiment,  as  returned  by  Col.  Frost  and 
others,  field  officers,  dated  Kittery,  Sept.  3,  1776;  said  Field  chosen  in  room  of 
Lieut.  William  Spinney,  promoted;  ordered  m  Council,  Nov.  14,  1776,  that  said 
officers  be  commissioned;  reported  commissioned  Nov.  14,  1776;  also,  ist  lieutenant, 
Capt.  Thomas  Cutt's  co.,  Maj.  Daniel  Littlefield's  detachment  of  York  co.  militia; 
detached  July  10,  1779;  discharged  Sept.  10,  1779;  service,  2  mos.  on  Penobscot 

FIELD,  JOSEPH.  Sergeant  major,  Capt.  Job  Alvord's  co..  Col.  S.  Murray's 
(Hampshire  co.)  regt.;  engaged  July  13,  1780;  discharged  Oct.  10,  1780;  service.  3 
mos.  6  days,  travel  included;  company  raised  to  reinforce  Continental  army  tor  3 


FIELD,  LEMUEL,  Braintree.  Private.  Capt.  John  Hall.  Jr.'s  co.  of  Minute- 
men  ot  North  Parish,  in  Braintree,  Col.  Benjamin  Lincoln's  regt.,  which  assembled 
April  19,  1775,  and  also  April  29,  1775;  service.  2/%  days;  also,  Capt.  Seth  Turner's 
(Independent)  co. ;  enlisted  May  9,  1775;  service,  9  mos.  12  days;  enlistment, 
9  mos. 

FIELD.  LEMUEL.  Private,  Capt.  Lieut.  William  Burbeck's  co. ;  enlisted 
Jan.  17.  1780;  service  to  Oct.  24.  1781,  21  mos.  g  days,  under  His  Excellency  John 
Hancock ;  company  raised  for  defense  of  Castle  and  Governor's  Islands ;  roll  sworn 
to  at  Boston;  also,  Capt.  Thomas  Cushing's  co. ;  service  from  Oct.  25,  1781.  to  date 
of  discharge.  May  16,  1782,  6  mos.  22  days;  company  raised  for  defense  ot  Castle 
and  Governor's  Islands;  roll  sworn  to  at  Boston. 

FIELD,  LEVI.  Private.  Capt.  Peter  Procter's  co..  Lieut.  Col.  Williams's  regt. ; 
enlisted  July  10,  1777;  discharged  Aug.  12,  1777;  service,  i  mo.  9  days,  travel  in- 
cluded ;  company  marched  to  reinforce  northern  army ;  also,  sergeant,  Capt.  Samuel 
Merriman's  (2d)  co..  Col.  Israel  Chapen's  (3d)  regt.;  enlisted  Oct.  15,  1779;  dis- 
charged Nov.  21,  1779;  service,  i  mo.  14  days,  travel  included;  roll  endorsed  "serv- 
ice at  Claverack." 

FIELD,  LIMAS.  Seaman,  frigate  "Deane,"  commanded  by  Capt.  Samuel 
Nicholson;  engaged  May  i,  1781;  service,  S  mos. ;  engagement,  12  mos. ;  reported  a 
servant  to  Capt.  Nicholson;  also,  reported  died  Dec.  31,  1781. 

FIELD.  LUKE,  East  Guilford,  Conn.  Col.  John  Paterson's  (15th)  regt.;  list 
of  deserters ;  age,  26  yrs. ;  stature,  5  tt.  10  in. ;  complexion,  light ;  deserted  May  10 
(year  not  given). 

FIELD,  MEDAD.  Private,  Capt.  Salmon  White's  co.,  Col.  Woodbridge's 
regt.;  enlisted  Aug.  17,  1777;  discharged  Aug.  19,  1777;  service,  4  days,  at  the 
northward  by  order  ot  Gen.  Horatio  Gates. 

FIELD,  MOSES.  Private,  Capt.  Joseph  Slarrow's  co..  Col.  David  Leonard's 
regt.;  enlisted  Feb.  25,  1777;  discharged  April  10,  1777;  service  on  expedition  to 
Ticonderoga;  also,  Capt.  Joseph  Slarrow's  co..  Col.  David  Wells's  regt.;  enlisted 
Sept.  23,  1777;  discharged  Oct.  18,  1777;  service  i  mo.  i  day,  travel  included,  on 
expedition  to  the  northward;  roll  dated  Leverett. 

FIELD,  NATHAN,  Lincoln.  List  of  men  raised  to  serve  in  the  Continental 
army  (year  not  given) ;  residence,  Lincoln ;  engaged  for  town  of  Lincoln. 

FIELD,  NATHAN,  Rhode  Island.  Cooper,  ship  "Deane,"  commanded  by 
Capt.  Elisha  Hinman;  descriptive  list  of  officers  and  crew  dated  Boston,  Nov., 
1780;  age,  25  yrs. ;  complexion,  light;  residence,  Rhode  Island. 

FIELD,  NATHAN.  List  of  men  raised  to  serve  in  the  Continental  army  as 
returned  by  Capt.  Elisha  Hunt,  sworn  to  in  Hampshire  co.,  April  14,  1779;  engaged 
for  town  of  Northfield;  joined  Col.  Lam's  (Lamb's)  artillery  regt. ;  term,  i  year. 

FIELD,  NATHANIEL.  Corporal.  Capt.  Elisha  Barney's  (loth)  co..  Col.  George 
Williams's  (3d  Bristol  co.)  regt. ;  service,  19  days;  company  marched  to  Warren,  via 
Rehoboth,  on  the  alarm  at  Rhode  Island  of  Dec.  8,  1776;  roll  dated  Taunton;  also. 
Capt.  Pelatiah  Eddy's  co..  Col.  Abiel  Mitchell's  regt.,  commanded  by  Lieut.  Col. 
James  Williams.  Brig.  Gen.  Godfrey's  (Bristol  co.)  brigade;  service.  8  days;  com- 
pany marched  from  Taunton  to  Tiverton.  R.  I.,  on  the  alarm  of  Aug.  i.  1780. 

FIELD.  NOAH.  Whately.  Private.  Capt.  Israel  Chapin's  co.,  Col.  John  Fel- 
low's regt..  which  marched  April  20,  1775.  in  response  to  the  alarm  ot  April  19.  1775; 
service  to  April  26.  1775.  7  days;  also.  Capt.  Israel  Chapin's  (2d)  co.,  Col.  John  Fel- 
low's (8th)  regt.;  muster  roll  dated  Aug.  i,  1775;  enlisted  April  27,  1775;  service,  3 
mos.  12  days;  also,  company  return  dated  Oct.  8.  1775;  also,  order  for  bounty  coat 
or  its  equivalent  in  money,  dated  Dorchester.  Nov.  25,  1775;  also,  sergeant.  Capt 
Seth   Murray's  CO.,  Maj.  Jonathan  Clap's  regt.;   engaged  July  9.  1777;  discharged 


Aug.  12,  1777;  service,  i  mo.  10  days,  travel  included,  on  an  expedition  to  Fort 
Edward  and  Mosses  Creek. 

FIELD,  OLIVER,  Springfield.  Private,  Maj.  Andrew  Colton's  co.  of  Minute- 
men,  which  marched  April  21,  1775,  in  response  to  the  alarm  ot  April  19,  1775;  serv- 
ice to  May  4,  1775,  2  weeks,  i  day;  also,  descriptive  list  of  9  mos.'  men  raised  m 
Hampshire  co.,  agreeable  to  resolve  of  June  g,  1779,  ^s  returned  by  Noah  Good- 
man, superintendent;  Capt.  Burt's  co..  Col.  Bliss's  regt. ;  age,  26  yrs. ;  stature,  5  it. 
10  in. ;  complexion,  dark;  hair,  dark;  engaged  for  town  of  Springfield;  delivered 
to  Lieut.  William  Storey;  also,  list  of  men  returned  as  received  of  Noah  Goodman, 
superintendent  for  Hampshire  co.,  by  Justin  Ely,  commissioner,  at  Springfield, 
Oct.  ig,  1779;  also,  Capt.  Flower's  co. ;  entered  service  July  13  (also  given  July  10 
and  July  15),  1779;  discharged  April  13,  1780;  term,  9  mos.;  also,  private,  Capt. 
Samuel  Flower's  co.,  Col.  John  Greaton's  (3d)  regt. ;  muster  roll  for  Aug.,  1779, 
dated  Camp  Highlands;  also,  muster  roll  for  Sept.,  1779,  dated  Camp  Bedford; 
also,  muster  roll  for  Oct.,  1779,  dated  Camp  Bedford;  also,  muster  roll  for  Oct., 
1779,  dated  Camp  near  Peekskill;  also,  muster  roll  tor  Nov.  and  Dec,  1779,  dated 
Continental  Village;  also  (late),  Capt.  Flower's  co.,  Col.  Greaton's  regt.;  muster 
roll  for  Jan. -June,  1780,  sworn  to  at  "Orange  Town;"  reported  discharged;  also, 
descriptive  list  of  men  raised  to  reinforce  Continental  army  for  the  term  of  6  mos., 
agreeable  to  resolve  of  June  5,  1780,  returned  as  received  of  Justin  Ely,  commis- 
sioner, by  Maj.  Peter  Harwood  of  6th  Mass.  regt..  at  Springfield,  July  6,  1780;  age, 
20  yrs.;  stature,  5  ft.  10  in. ;  complexion,  light;  engaged  for  town  of  Springfield; 
arrived  at  Springfield  July  5,  1780;  marched  to  camp  July  6,  1780,  under  command 
of  Lieut.  Taylor  of  2d  Mass.  regt. ;  also,  list  of  men  raised  for  the  6  mos.'  service 
and  returned  by  Brig.  Gen.  Paterson  as  having  passed  muster  in  a  return  dated 
Camp  Totoway,  Oct.  25,  1780;  also,  pay  roll  for  6  mos.'  men  raised  by  the  town  of 
Springfield  for  service  in  the  Continental  army  during  1780;  marched  July  5,  1780; 
discharged  Dec.  13,  1780;  service,  5  mos.  15  days;  also,  private  (late),  Capt.  Samuel 
Flower's  co..  Col.  John  Greaton's  (3d)  regt. ;  muster  roll  for  July,  1780;  also,  same 
CO.  and  regt.;  muster  roll  for  Aug.  and  Sept.,  1780,  dated  Camp  Orringtown;  en- 
listed "July  6,  1780;  also,  Capt.  Joseph  Crocker's  co.,  Col.  Greaton's  regt;  muster 
roll  tor  Oct.,  1780,  dated  Camp  Totoway;  also,  same  co.  and  regt. ;  muster  roll  for 
Nov.  and  Dec,  1780,  dated  Camp  at  West  Point. 

FIELD,  PETER,  Salem  (also  given  Marblehead).  Private,  Capt.  Micajah 
Gleason's  CO.,  Col.  John  Nixon's  (5th)  regt.;  muster  roll  dated  Aug.  i,  1775;  en- 
listed May  I,  1775;  service,  3  mos.  8  days;  also,  company  return  dated  Sept.  30, 
1775;  reported  "absent,  Quebec." 

FIELD,  PETER.  Seaman,  ship  "Pliarne,"  Samuel  Green,  master;  engaged 
June  12;  discharged  Sept.  17  (year  not  given);  service,  3  mos.  5  days. 

FIELD,  PHILIP.  List  of  men  raised  for  Continental  service,  agreeable  to 
resolve  of  Dec.  2,  1780;  engaged  Jan.  6,  1781 ;  engaged  for  town  of  Boston. 

FIELD,  PHINEAS,  Northfield.  Private,  Capt.  Elihu  Lyman's  co..  Col.  Elisha 
Porter's  (Hampshire  co. )  regt. ;  enlisted  July  25,  i77g;  discharged  Aug.  31,  1779;  serv- 
ice, I  mo.  13  days,  travel  included,  at  New  London,  Conn. ;  also,  descriptive  list 
dated  Warwick,  Aug.  4,  1780,  of  men  detached  from  6th  Hampshire  co.  regt.,  agree- 
able to  order  of  court  of  June  22,  1780,  to  serve  for  the  term  of  3  mos.  from  time  ot 
arrival  at  Claverack;  Capt.  Seth  Pierce's  co..  Col.  Seth  Murray's  regt.;  enlisted 
July  15,  1780;  discharged  Oct.  10,  1780;  service,  3  mos.  6  days,  travel  included;  com- 
pany raised  to  reinforce  Continental  army  for  3  mos. ;  roll  dated  Leverett. 

FIELD,  RICHARD,  Bridgewater.  Private,  Capt.  Josiah  Hayden's  co.  of 
Minute-men,  Col.  Bailey's  regt.,  which  marched  on  the  alarm  of  April  19,  1775; 
service,    12   days;    also,    corporal,    Capt.    Josiah   Hayden's  co.,    Brig.    Gen.    John 


Thomas's  regt. ;  muster  roll  dated  Aug.  i,  i775;  enlisted  May  i,  i775;  service,  3 
mos.  I  week  i  day;  also,  company  return  dated  Oct.  6,  1775;  also,  muster  roll 
made  up  from  Sept.  i,  1775,  to  Oct.  30,  1775,  61  days,  dated  Camp  at  Roxbury;  also, 
sergeant,  Capt.  Daniel  Lathrop's  (7th)  co.,  Col.  Thomas  Craft's  (artillery)  regt; 
abstract  tor  advance  pay,  travel  allowance,  etc.,  dated  Boston,  June  3,  1776;  also, 
same  co.  and  regt;  enlisted  May  13,  1776;  service  to  Aug.  i,  1776,  62  days,  travel 
included;  also,  same  company  and  regt,;  service  from  Aug.  i,  1776,  to  Nov.  i,  1776, 
3  mos.;  also,  same  co.  and  regt.;  service  from  Nov.  i,  1776,  to  Feb.  i,  1777,  3 
mos.;  reported  as  serving  i  mo.  in  colony  service,  2  mos.  in  Continental  service; 
also,  same  co.  and  regt.;  service  trom  Feb.  i,  1777,  to  date  ot  discharge.  May  7, 
1777,  3  mos.  7  days. 

FIELD,  RICHARD,  Mansfield.  Private,  Capt.  Abiel  Clap's  co.  of  Minute- 
men,  Col.  John  Dagget's  regt. ;  service  between  April  19  and  April  29,  1775,  9 

FIELD,  RICHARD.  Private,  Capt.  David  Packard's  co..  Col.  Cary's  regt; 
service,  11  days;  company  marched  to  Rhode  Island  on  the  alarm  of  July  22,  1780. 

FIELD,  RICHARD.  Private,  Capt  John  Dean's  co..  Col.  Isaac  Dean's  (4th 
Bristol  CO.)  regt. ;  enlisted  Aug.  i,  1780;  discharged  Aug.  7,  1780;  service,  9  days, 
on  the  alarm  at  Rhode  Island  of  Aug.  i,  1780;  roll  dated  Mansfield. 

FIELD,  ROBERT,  Greenwich.  Corporal,  Capt  Joseph  Hooker's  co.  of 
Minute-men,  Col.  Ruggles  Woodbridge's  regt,  which  marched  April  20,  1775,  in 
response  to  the  alarm  of  April  19,  1775;  service,  18  days. 

FIELD,  ROBERT.  Private,  in  a  company  commanded  by  Capt  Isaac  Powers 
of  Greenwich,  Col.  Elisha  Porter's  regt;  enlisted  July  10,  1777;  discharged  Aug. 
12,  1777;  service,  i  mo.  9  days,  travel  included;  company  marched  to  join  northern 
army  under  Gen.  Schyl,  or  Schuyler,  on  an  alarm. 

FIELD,  ROBERT.  2d  lieutenant  Capt  Joseph  Hooker's  (nth)  co.,  Col.  E. 
Porter's  (4th  Hampshire  co.)  regt  of  Mass.  militia;  list  of  officers;  commissioned 
June  29,  1780. 

FIELD,  ROBERT.  Fifer,  Lieut  Cols.' co..  Col.  Smith's  regt ;  Continental 
army  pay  accounts  for  service  from  Jan.  i,  1780,  to  Dec.  31,  1780;  term,  during  war; 
also,  3d  CO.,  Col.  Thomas  Nixon's  (6th)  regt ;  return  of  men  entitled  to  $80  gratuity 
for  serving  during  war,  endorsed  "to  1782;"  also,  drummer,  Capt  Ebenezer  Smith's 
CO.,  Lieut.  Col.  Calvin  Smith's  (6th)  regt;  wages  allowed  tor  Jan.,  1781,  Dec,  1782, 
24  mos. 

FIELD,  SAMUEL,  Amherst.  Private,  Capt  Noadiah  Leonard's  co..  Col.  Rug- 
gles Woodbridge's  regt.,  which  marched  to  the  alarm  of  April  19,  1775;  service  7 
days;  also,  Capt.  Noadiah  Leonard's  co..  Col.  Benjamin  Ruggles  Woodbridge's 
(25th)  regt.;  company  receipt  for  advance  pay  for  i  month  dated  Cambridge,  June 
24,  1775;  also,  corporal,  same  co.  and  regt ;  muster  roll  dated  Aug.  i,  1775;  enlisted 
April  27,  1775;  service  3  mos.  12  days;  also,  company  return  (probably  Oct.,  i775); 
also,  corporal,  Capt.  Moses  Harvey's  co.,  Col.  David  Well's  regt. ;  engaged  May 
loth,  1777;  discharged  July  loth,  1777;  service,  2  mos.  10  days,  travel  included,  in 
Northern  department;  roll  dated  Montague. 

FIELD,  SAMUEL.  2d  lieutenant,  Capt  Robert  Foster's  (7th)  co..  Col. 
Timothy  Pickering  Jr. 's  (ist  Essex  Co.)  regt  of  Mass.  militia;  return  dated  Salem, 
May  15,  1776,  signed  by  Col.  Timothy  Pickering,  Jr.,  and  Joseph  Sprague,  of  officers 
chosen  by  several  companies  of  militia  in  Salem,  and  returned  to  be  commissioned; 
said  officers  accepting  appointments,  however,  only  upon  the  condition  that  the 
General  Court  will  compel  a  more  equal  distribution  as  to  the  persons  required  to 
undergo  military  training  and  be  subject  to  service  calls,  and  also  in  order  that  the 
present  existing  companies  may  be  kept  fully  trained  and  equipped ;    ordered  in 


Council  June  6,  1776,  that  said  oflBcers  be  commissioned;  reported  commissioned 
June  6,  1776. 

FIELD,  SAMUEL.  Private,  Capt,  Thomas  Newcomb's  co.,  Col.  Joseph 
Webb's  regt. ;  enlisted  Sept.  6,  1781;  discharged  Dec.  5,  1781;  service,  3  mos.  10 
days,  travel  included,  at  Peekskill,  N.  Y. 

FIELD,  SETH,  Northfield.  Descriptive  list  dated  Warwick,  Aug.  4,  1780,  ot 
men  detached  from  6th  Hampshire  Co.  regt. ;  agreeable  to  order  ot  General^Court  ot 
June  22,  1780,  to  serve  for  the  term  ot  3  months  from  the  time  of  their  arrival  at 
Claverack;'  Capt.  Seth  Pierce's  co..  Col.  Seth  Murray's  (Hampshire  Co.)  regt.; 
age,  18  yrs. ;  stature,  5  ft.  7  in.;  complexion,  dark;  residence,  Northfield;  rank, 
private;  mustered  July  20,  17S0;  also,  corporal,  Capt.  Seth  Pierce's  co..  Col.  Seth 
Murray's  (Hampshire  Co.)  regt. ;  enlisted  July  15,  1780;  discharged  Oct.  10,  1780; 
service,  3  mos.  6  days,  travel  included ;  company  raised  to  reinforce  Continental 
Army  for  3  months ;  roll  dated  Leverett. 

FIELD,  SETH.  Private,  Capt.  Enoch  Chapin's  co..  Col.  Jacob  Garrish's 
regt.;  enlisted  Aug.  7,  1778;  discharged  Dec.  14,  1778;  service,  4  mos.  todays, 
travel  included ;  company  detached  from  militia  of  Hampshire  Co.  to  guard  stores 
at  Springfield  and  Brookfield  for  6  months  from  July  i,  1778. 

FIELD,  SPENCER,  Rutland.  Official  record  of  a  ballot  by  the  House  of 
Representatives  dated  Jan.  23,  1776,  of  officers  chosen  to  command  the  6  regiments 
raised  to  serve  before  Boston  until  April  i,  1776;  said  Field  chosen  Surgeon's  Mate, 
Col.  Josiah  Whitney's  Worcester  Co.  regt. ;  appointment  concurred  in  by  Council 
Jan.  23,  1776. 

FIELD,  THOMAS.  Private,  Capt.  Enoch  Robinson's  co. ;  enlisted  Aug.  12, 
1779;  discharged  Sept.  12,  1779;  service,  i  ijio.  2  days,  in  a  regiment  under  Capt. 
Commandant  Samuel  Fisher  at  Rhode  Island,  Roll  sworn  to  at  Attleborougb. 
(See  John  Field.) 

FIELD,  THOMAS.  List  of  men  raised  to  serve  in  the  Continental  Army  (year 
not  given) ;  engaged  for  town  of  Waltham. 

FIELD,  WILLIAM,  Braintree.  Corporal,  Capt.  John  Hall,  Jr.'s  co.  of 
Minute-men  of  North  Parish  in  Braintree,  Col.  Benjamin  Lincoln's  regt.  which 
assembled  April  19,  1775,  and  also  April  29,  1775;  service,  7  days;  also,  Capt.  Ed- 
mund Billing's  CO.  of  North  Precinct  in  Braintree,  Col.  Jonathan  Bass's  regt. ;  ser- 
vice, 5  days;  company  assembled  June  13,  1776,  to  drive  British  ships  from  Boston 
harbor;  roll  sworn  to  at  Boston. 

FIELD,  WILLIAM,  Leverett.  Private,  Capt.  Reuben  Dickenson's  co.  of 
Minute-men,  Col.  R.  Woodbridge's  regt. ;  which  marched  on  the  alarm  of  April  19, 
1775;  service,  16  days;  also,  Capt.  Joseph  Slarrow's  co.,  Col.  David  Well's  regt.; 
enlisted  Sept.  23,  1777;  discharged  Oct.  13,  1777;  service,  26  days,  travel  included, 
on  an  expedition  to  the  Northward. 

FIELD,  WILLIAM.  Private,  Capt.  Eliphalet  Sawen's  co..  Col.  William 
Mcintosh's  regt.;  enlisted  March  25,  1778;  discharged  April  8,  1778;  service,  13 
days,  with  guards  at  Roxbury. 

FIELD,  ZACHARIAH,  Amherst,  Return  of  men  drafted  from  Hampshire 
Co.  militia  to  march  to  Horse  Neck  under  command  of  Colonel  Samuel  How 
(year  not  given),  but  who  failed  to  join  regiment;  drafted  to  Amherst;  drafted 
into  Capt.  Brakenridge's  co. 

FIELD,  ZACHARIAH.  Private,  Capt.  Seth  Murray's  co..  Col.  Ezra  May's 
regt.;  enlisted  Sept.  20,  1777;  discharged  Oct.  14,  1777;  service,  i  mo.,  travel  in- 
cluded, on  an  expedition  to  Saratoga. 

FIELD,  ZEB.,  Dighton.     Private,  Capt.  Jacob  Fuller's  co,.  Col,  John  Jacob's 


regt. ;  enlisted  July  7,  1778;  service,  5  mos.  26  days,  at  Rhode  Island;  enlistment  to 
expire  Jan.  i,  1779. 

FIELD,  ZEBULON.  Taunton.  Drummer,  Capt.  Joshua  Wilbore's  co.,  Col. 
Ebenezer  Francis's  regt. ;  pay  abstract  tor  mileage,  etc.,  to  camp  and  home;  credited 
with  two  days'  allowance;  company  drafted  from  Taunton,  Raynham,  Easton, 
Dartmouth,  Freetown,  Berkley,  and  Dighton ;  warrant  for  pay  allowed  in  Council 
Nov.  29,  1776;  also,  Capt.  Elisha  Barney's  (loth)  co.,  Col.  George  William's  (3d 
Bristol  Co.)  regt.;  service,  25  days;  company  marched  to  Warren,  via  Rehoboth, 
on  the  alarm  at  Rhode  Island  of  Dec.  8,  1776;  also,  Capt.  Jonathan  Shaw's  co..  Col. 
George  William's  regt.;  service,  i  mo.  i  day;  company  marched  from  Raynham, 
Taunton,  and  Easton,  in  September,  1777,  on  a  secret  expedition. 

FIELD,  ZEBULON  (also  given  Jr.),  Taunton,  ist  lieutenant,  Capt.  Israel 
Trow's  CO.,  Col.  Jacob  French's  regt. ;  list  ot  officers  chosen  to  command  companies 
in  regiment  raised  in  Bristol  and  Cumberland  counties  and  stationed  at  Winter 
Hill,  Feb.  27,  1776;  company  raised  in  Norton,  Taunton,  Freetown,  Dartmouth, 
Mansfield,  Raynham,  and  Middleborough ;  ordered  in  Council  March  26,  1776,  that 
said  officers  be  commissioned ;  reported  commissioned  March  13  (?),  1776;  also,  ist 
lieutenant,  Capt.  Elisha  Barney's  loth  (Taunton)  co.,  3d  Bristol  Co.,  regt.  of  Mass. 
militia;  list  of  officers  chosen  by  the  several  companies  in  said  regiment,  as  returned 
by  George  Williams,  and  James  Williams,  Jr.,  field  officers;  ordered  in  Council 
April  13,  1776,  that  said  officers  be  commissioned;  reported  commissioned  April  5 
(?),  1776;  also,  lieutenant,  Capt.  Elisha  Barney's  (loth)  co..  Col.  George  Williams's 
(3d  Bristol  Co.)  regt. ;  service,  25  days;  company  marched  to  Warren  via  Rehoboth, 
on  the  alarm  of  Rhode  Island,  ot  Dec.  8,  1776;  also,  lieutenant,  Capt.  Ichabod 
Leonard's  co..  Col.  John  Hathaway 's  regt;  service,  22  days;  company  marched 
from  Taunton  to  Tiverton,  R.  I.,  in  April,  1777,  by  order  of  Brig.-Gen.  Godtrey; 
also,  ist  lieutenant.  Capt.  Jonathan  Shaw's  co..  Col.  George  Williams's  regt.; 
service  i  mo.  i  day;  company  marched  from  Raynham,  Taunton,  and  Easton,  in 
Sept.,  1777,  on  a  secret  expedition. 

FIELD,  ZEBULON.  Private,  Capt.  Ebenezer  Deane's  co..  Col.  Thomas 
Carpenter's  regt.;  service  i  mo.  4  days;  company  marched  from  Taunton,  via 
Rehoboth  and  Bristol,  to  Providence,  R.  I.,  and  thence  home.     Roll  dated  Nov.  5, 


FIELD,  ZEBULON.  Private,  Capt.  Pelatiah  Eddy's  co..  Col.  Abiel  Mitchel's 
regt.,  commanded  by  Lieut. -Col.  James  Williams,  Brig.-Gen.  Godfrey's  (Bristol  Co.) 
brigade;  service,  8  days;  company  marched  from  Taunton  to  Tiverton,  R.  I.,  on 
the  alarm  ot  Aug.  i,  1780. 

FIELD,  ZEBULON.  Private,  Capt.  Pelatiah  Eddy's  co..  Col.  Abiel  Mitchel's 
regt.  commanded  by  Lieut. -Col.  James  Williams,  Brig.-Gen.  Godfrey's  (Bristol 
Co.)  brigade;  service,  8  days;  company  marched  trom  Taunton  to  Tiverton,  R.  I., 
on  the  alarm  of  Aug.  i,  1780.     (This  name  appears  twice  on  roll.) 

FIELD,  ZEBULON,  JR..  Taunton.  Private,  Capt.  Joshua  Wilbore's  co..  Col. 
Josiah  Whitney's  regt. ;  service  i  mo.  23  days;  company  marched  from  Taunton  to 
Providence,  R.  I. ;  roll  made  up  tor  wages  and  travel,  agreeable  to  resolve  ot 
April  — ,  1777,  and  sworn  to  at  Taunton,  Sept.  23,  1777. 

FIELD,  ZENAS  (also  given  Ezenous),  Hatfield.  Capt.  Israel  Chapin's  co.  of 
Minute-men,  Col.  John  Fellows's  regt,  which  marched  April  20,  1775,  in  response 
to  the  alarm  ot  April  19,  1775;  service  to  April  26,  1775.  7  days;  also,  Capt  Israel 
Chapin's  (2d)  co.,  Col.  John  Fellows's  (8th)  regt;  muster  roll  dated  Aug.  i,  1775; 
enlisted  April  27,  1775;  also,  order  tor  bounty  coat  or  its  equivalent  in  money  dated 
Dorchester,  Dec.  6,  1775;  also.  Private,  Capt.  Salmon  White's  co..  Col.  David 
Wells's  regt.;  marched  May  10,  1777;  discharged  July  10,  1777;  service,  2  mos.  to 


days,  travel  included,  on  expedition  to  Ticonderoga;  also,  Capt.  Seth  Murray's  cc, 
Col.  Ezra  May's  regt. ;  enlisted  Sept.  20,  1777;  discharged  Oct.  18,  1777;  service, 
I  mo. ,  travel  included,  on  expedition  to  Saratoga. 

FIELDS,  ABIEZER.  Taunton.  Private,  Capt,  Jacob  Kaskins's  co.,  Col.  John 
Jacob's  regt;  enlisted  June  i,  1778;  service,  11  days;  company  detached  to  guard 
the  shore  at  Freetown  tor  10  days  by  order  of  Brig-Gen.  George  Godfrey. 

FIELDS,  ABISHAL.  Private,  Capt.  Simeon  Cobb's  co.,  3d  regt..  Gen.  God- 
frey's brigade;  enlisted  Aug.  14,  1779;  service,  i  mo.  2  days;  company  detached 
from  militia  and  ordered  to  serve  under  Capt.  Samuel  Fisher  at  Rhode  Island  for 
4  weeks. 

FIELDS.  BEZALEEL.  List  ot  men  raised  in  Bristol  Co.  for  the  term  of 
9  months  from  the  time  ot  their  arrival  at  Fishkill,  agreeable  to  resolve  ot  April 
20,  1778,  returned  as  received  of  Jonathan  Warner,  Commissioner,  by  Col.  R. 
Putnam,  July  20,  1778;  engaged  for  town  of  Attleborough ;  arrived  at  Fishkill  June 
17,  1778. 

FIELDS,  DANIEL,  Buxton.  List  sworn  to  at  Buxton,  Aug.  26,  1777,  ot  men 
enlisted  into  the  Continental  Army,  as  returned  to  Col.  Tristam  Jordon,  by  the 
Selectmen  of  the  town  of  Buxton ;  residence,  Buxton ;  also.  Private,  Capt.  Porter's 
CO.,  Col.  Tupper's  regt.;  Continental  Army  pay  accounts  for  service  from  Jan.  i, 
1780  to  Feb.  27,  1780. 

FIELDS,  JOHN,  Andover.  Fifer,  Capt.  Stephen  Abbot's  co.,  Col.  Benjamin 
Tupper's  regt.;  Continental  Army  pay  accounts  for  service  trom  Feb.  19,  1777  to 
Dec.  31,  1779;  reported  as  serving  8  mos.  12  days  as  private,  26  mos.  as  fifer;  pro- 
moted to  fifer  Nov.  1,1777;  also,  private,  Capt.  Benjamin  Farnum's  co..  Col.  Eben- 
ezer  Francis's  regt. ;  rations  allowed  from  date  of  enlistment,  Feb.  19,  1777,  to  time 
of  arrival  at  Bennington;  credited  with  allowance  to  March  28,  1777,  49  days,  in- 
cluding II  days  for  220  miles  travel;  also,  Capt.  Farnum's  co..  Col.  Benjamin  Tup- 
per's regt.;  return  dated  Jan.  24,  1778;  residence,  Andover;  enlisted  for  town  of 
Andover;  reported  sick  at  Albany;  also,  fifer,  Capt.  Stephen  Abbot's  co..  Col. 
Tupper's  (15th)  regt.;  muster  roll  for  March,  1779;  dated  West  Pomt;  term,  3 
years ;  also,  same  co.  and  regt. ;  Continental  Army  pay  accounts  for  service  from 
Jan.  I,  1780  to  Feb.  19,  1780;  reported  discharged. 

FIELDS,  JONATHAN,  Buxton  (also  given  Scarborough).  Private,  Capt. 
Jeremiah  Hill's  co.,  Col.  James  Scammon's  {30th)  regt. ;  muster  roll  dated  Aug.  i, 
1775;  enlisted  May  3,  1775;  service  12  weeks,  6  days;  also,  company  return  dated 
Sept.  27,  1775;  also,  Garrison  at  Fort  George,  Dec.  8,  1776;  enlisted  Jan.  i,  1776; 
reported  discharged  Sept.  26,  1776;  also,  Capt.  Burbank's  co.,  Col,  Sprout's  regt; 
Continental  Army  pay  accounts  for  service  trom  Jan.  i,  1777  to  Jan.  17,  1778;  resi- 
dence, Buxton;  reported  died  Jan.  17,  1778;  also,  Capt.  Silas  Burbank's  co.,  Col. 
Samuel  Brewer's  regt;  return  dated  Camp  near  Valley  Forge,  Jan,  23,  1778;  resi- 
dence, Scarborough ;  enlisted  tor  town  ot  Scarborough ;  mustered  by  Daniel  Insley, 
Muster  Master ;  term,  during  war ;  reported  sick  and  absent, 

FIELDS,  JOSEPH,  Private,  Capt  Samuel  Fisher's  co,,  Col,  Ephraim  Wheel- 
ock's  regt. ;  service,  23  days;  company  ordered  to  march  to  Warwick,  R.  I.,  on  the 
alarm  of  Dec.  8,  1778, 

FIELDS,  ROBERT,  Power  of  attorney  dated  Feb.  i3,  1785,  given  to  Mason 
Wattles  by  said  Fields,  a  laborer  of  New  York  city,  to  collect  the  wages,  etc.,  due 
him  for  service  in  the  Continental  Army. 

FIELDS.  SOLOMON.  List  of  men  raised  in  Bristol  Co.  tor  the  term  of  9 
months  from  the  time  ot  their  arrival  at  Fishkill,  agreeable  to  resolve  ot  April  20, 
1778,  returned  as  received  of  Jonathan  Warner,  Commissioner,  by  Col.  R.  Putnam, 
July  20,  1778;  engaged  for  town  of  Attleborough ;  arrived  at  Fishkill,  June  17,  1778. 


FIELDS,  THOMAS.  Private.  Capt.  Nathan  Dix's  co.,  Col.  James  Wesson's 
regt. ;  muster  return  made  up  for  1777;  mustered  by  Col.  Barett,  State  Muster  Mas- 
ter ;  reported  a  transient ;  also  reported  deserted. 

FIELDER,  JOHN.  Private,  Capt.  Joseph  Rea's  co. ;  enlisted  July  25,  1776; 
discharged  Oct.  28,  1776;  service,  3  mos.  3  days,  in  defence  ot  seacoast ;  company 
ordered  to  serve  at  the  Lines  in  Beverly  by  order  of  Council  of  July  20,  1776. 

FIELDING,  JOHN,  Newburyport.  List  of  men  raised  to  serve  in  the  Conti- 
nental Army  from  2d  Essex  Co.  regt.,  as  returned  by  Maj.  Ralph  Cross,  sworn  to  in 
Essex  Co.,  Feb.  16,  1778;  residence,  Newburyport;  engaged  for  town  of  Newbury- 
port; joined  Capt.  Moses  Greenleaf's  co.,  Col.  Ebenezer  Francis's  regt.;  term,  3 
years;  also,  private,  Capt.  Greenleaf's  co..  Col.  Benjamin  Tupper's  (loth)  regt.; 
Continental  Army  pay  accounts  for  service  from  Feb.  18,  1777  to  Dec.  31,  1779; 
reported  taken  prisoner  July  7,  1777;  also,  same  co.  and  regt. ;  return  dated  Jan.  25. 
1778;  mustered  by  Continental  and  County  Muster  Masters;  reported  a  foreigner; 
also  reported  taken  prisoner  at  Hubelton. 

FIELDING,  JOHN.  Private,  Capt.  Abram  Washburn's  co..  Col.  Theophilus 
Cotton's  regt. ;  marched  March  10,  1781 ;  discharged  April  i,  1781 ;  service,  22  days 
company  marched  to  Newport,  R.  I.,  March  10,  1781,  for  40  days'  service. 


BENJ,  FIELD.  JR.  Westchester  co.  militia.  3d  regt.,  Col.  Pierre  Van  Cort- 
land t  and  Col.  Sam'l  Drake.     (Enlisted  men.)     Page  211. 

CUMFURT  FIELD.     Same  as  Benj. 

COMFORT  FIELD.  Dutchess  Co.  militia  (Land  Bounty  Rights).  Third 
regt.  (Enlisted  men.)    Page  241. 


JOSEPH  "  [  Same  as  Comfort  Field.     Page  241. 

SAMUEL         "  ) 

JAMES  FIELD.  The  line,  3d  regt.,  Col.  James  Clinton  and  Col.  Peter  Ganse- 
vort.     (Enlisted  men. )     Page  42. 

COL.  JOHN  FIELD.  Dutchess  Co.  militia,  3d  regt.,  Col.  John  Field  and  Col. 
Andrew  Morehouse.     Page  139. 

JESSE  FIELD.  Dutchess  Co.  militia,  3d  regt..  Col.  John  Field  and  Col. 
Andrew  Morehouse.     (Enlisted  men. )     Page  139. 

JESSE  FIELD.  Dutchess  Co.  militia,  6th  regt.,  Col.  Morris  Graham  and  Col. 
Roswell  Hopkins.     (Enlisted  men. )     Page  145. 

JOS.  FIELD.  Westchester  Co,  militia  (Land  Bounty  Rights)  4th  regt..  Adj. 
Thomas  Hunt.     (Enlisted  men.)     Page  268. 

NEMIAH  FIELD.     Same  as  Jos.  Field.     Page  268. 

NATHAN  FIELD.  Dutchess  Co.  militia,  6th  regt..  Col.  Morris  Graham  and 
Col.  Roswell  Hopkins.     (Enlisted  men.)     Page  145. 

PATRICK  FIELD.  The  line,  ist  regt,  Col.  Goose  Van  Schaick,  Lieut.-Col. 
Cornelius  Van  Dyck.     (Enlisted  men.)    Page  21. 

PHILIP  FIELDS.  The  line,  2d  regt.  Col.  Philip  Van  Cortland,  Lieut-Col. 
Robt.  Cochran.     (Enlisted  men.)     Page  32. 

SOLOMON  FIELD.  Dutchess  Co.  militia  (Land  Bounty  Rights),  7th  regt., 
Major  Adams.     (Enlisted  men.)     Page  252. 

STEPHEN  FIELD.     Same  as  Solomon  Field.     Page  252. 

THOMAS  FIELDS.  Dutchess  Co.  militia,  6th  regt,  Col.  Morris  Graham, 
Col.  Roswell  Hopkins.     (Enlisted.)    Page  145. 



JESSIE  FIELD.     Private,  Wessenfels'  regt,  company  Hunt.     Page  371. 

JESSIE  FIELD.     Private,  Hopkins's  regt..  company  Barnum.     Page  371, 

JESSIE  FIELD.     Private,  Field  regt.,  company  Barnum.     Page  371. 

JESSIE  FIELD.     Private,  Field  regt.,  company  Barnum.     Page  371. 

COL.  JOHN  FIELD.  Dutchess  Co.  militia.  May  18,  1776.  Page.102.  Resolved 
that  Col.  John  Field  be  appointed  muster  master  of  the  company  to  be  raised  in 
Dutchess  Co.  Page  135.  The  council  of  appointments  made  the  following  changes: 
John  Field,  col.,  to  succeed  himselt. 

JOS.  FIELD,  is  hereby  appointed  lieut.  of  the  said  co.  to  be  raised  in  the 
county  of  Dutchess,  and  that  the  said  co.  be  rendezvous  at  Fredericksburg  and 
Southeast  precincts  of  the  said  county.     Page  135. 

JOS.  FIELD.  3d  regt,  2d  Lieut.  Bar nham' SCO.  Page  280.  Co.  raised  under 
resolution  of  Oct.  8,  1776,  for  the  purpose  of  detecting  and  defeating  conspiracies. 
Nath.  Scribner,  capt.     Jos.  Field,  ist  lieut.     Page  286. 

PHILIPP  FIELD.  2d  co.,  April  15,  1777,  war;  died  at  Valley  Forge  Aug., 
1778;  colored  slave  of  Col.  Fields,  of  S.  East,  Dutchess  Co.     Page  188. 

REUBEN  FIELD.  Capt.  Kinsdale's  co. ,  Cumberland  Co.  militia,  ist  (lower) 
regt.,  Jan.  4th,  1776.     Page  277. 


ANDREW  FIELD.  Corp.,  entered  April  23,  1775;  payroll  of  Capt.  Henry 
Dearborn's  co.  in  Col.  John  Starks's  regt.,  to  Aug.  i,  1775.     Page  68. 

ELIHU  FIELD.  Capt.  Wm.  Humphrey's  co.,  in  the  Northern  army  in  the 
Continental  service.     Page  355. 

HENRY  FIELD.  Lieut,  Capt  Philip  Putnam's  co.,  Col.  Nahum  Baldwin's 
regt.,  raised  in  Sept.,  1776.     Page  446. 

JOHN  FIELD.  Fifer,  Capt.  Wm.  Barron's  co.  in  Col.  Isaac  Wyman's  regt. 
Page  336. 

WAITSTIL  FIELD.  Enlisted  May  3,  1775,  Capt  Jonathan  Whitcomb's  co., 
Col.  Jas.  Reed's  regt.     Page  93. 

ZACHARIAH  FIELD.     Same  as  Elihu  Field.     Page  355. 

ISRAEL  FIELD.  Time  of  engagement  July  29.,  Capt.  Oliver  Capron's  co., 
Col.  Sam'l  Ashley's  regt,  which  marched  to  the  relief  of  Ticonderoga.     Page  55. 

MOSES  FIELD.  Private,  entered  July  4,  Capt  Elisha  Mack's  co.,  raised  out 
of  Col.  Ashley's  regt.  of  militia,  June,  1777.     Page  67. 

MOSES  FIELD.  Lieut.-Col.  Nichol's  regt,  N.  H.  militia,  in  Gen.  Stark's 
brigade.     Page  197. 

MOSES  FIELD.  2d  lieut  time  of  discharge  Sept  23,  Capt  Elisha  Mack's 
CO.  in  Col.  Moses  Nichol's  regt.  in  Gen.  Stark's  brigade.     Page  226. 

WAITSTILL  FIELD.  Sergt,  discharged  June  24,  Capt  Howlefs  co.,  raised 
from  Col.  Ashley's  regt.  ot  militia.      Page  3. 

WAITSTILL  FIELD.  Private  time  ot  discharge.  Sept  18,  Capt  Sam'l 
"Wright's  CO.  in  Col.  Nichol's  regt.  and  Gen.  Stark's  brigade  of  militia.     Page  205. 


GAIUS  FIELD.  Capt  Ephraim  Stone's  co.,  under  command  ot  Maj.  Benj. 
Whitcomb.     Page  167. 


GAIUS  FIELD.  Winchester,  private,  engagement  July  21,  Capt.  Jonathan 
Smith's  rangers.     Page  298. 

JOHN  FIELDS.  Col.  Lovewell's  return  three  months' men,  Amherst;  marched 
Sept.  24.     Page  259. 

ROBT.  FIELD.  Enlisted  April  15,  178 1.     Page  237. 

ROBT,  FIELD.  Recruit  Rindge  (name  of  town),  April  15,  1871.     Page  518. 

ROBT.  FIELD.  Private,  2d  regt.,  4th  co.,  commanded  by  Col.  Reid,  1781. 
Page  273. 

JOHN  FIELD.  Fifer,  July  23  (mustered),  lived  in  Merymac,  age  19;  Capt. 
Wm.  Barron's  co.     Page  62. 

JOHN  FIELDS.  Fifer,  went  for  Amherst;  engaged  Sept.  20;  marched  Sept. 
29;  commanded  by  John  Mills  in  Col.  Reynold's  regt.  ot  the  N.  H.  militia,  1781. 
Page  436. 

MOSES  DICK'N  FIELD.  Lieut.,  Col.  Samuel  Ashley's  regt,  Co.  of  Cheshire, 
to  reinforce  the  army  of  Ticonderoga.     Page  97. 

THOS.   FIELDS.     Private ;  same  as  Moses  Dick'n  Field.     Page  98. 


BENJ.  FIELD.  Private,  enlisted  May  18;  served  i  mo. ;  Col.  Canfield's  militia 
regt.,  Capt.  Peter  Vaill's  co.  of  guards,  stationed  in  Guilford  for  the  defense  ot  the 
seacoast,  1781.     Page  585. 

BENNET  FIELD.  Private,  3  days'  service;  from  the  town  of  Mansfield;  for 
relief  of  Boston  in  the  Lexington  alarm,  April,  1775.     Page  16. 

DAVID  FIELD.  Private,  Capt.  Hand's  co..  Col.  Talcott's  regt.;  these  men 
were  enlisted  March  22  for  service  on  the  New  York  expedition,  and  discharged 
April  18,  1776.     State  reg.     Page  388. 

EBENEZER  FIELD.  Private,  enlisted  July  28;  discharged  Dec.  18;  loth  co. 
Capt.  Eli  Leavenworth,  7th  regt.  New  Haven,  Col.  Chas.  Webb,  1775.     Page  84. 

EDMUND  FIELDS.  Private,  Wallingford-Mansfield  co. ;  enlisted  Feb.  20, 
1778;  term,  war;  Corporal  July,  1780;  Sergeant  Jan.  i,  1781;  Sixth  regt.,  Col,  Wm. 
Douglas.     List  of  non-commissioned  officers  and  privates.     Page  210. 

EDMUND  FIELDS.  Sergeant;  paid  from  Jan.  i,  1781  to  Dec.  31,1781.  List 
non-commissioned  officers  and  privates,  4th  regt.  Conn,  line;  Col.  Zebulon  Butler. 
Page  339. 

EDMUND  FIELDS.  Private,  Trumbull.  List  of  Rev.  pensioners.  Conn., 
1818.     Page  634. 

EDWARD  FIELDS.  Drummer;  list  of  non-commissioned  officers  and  pri- 
vates; Capt.  St.  John's  co.  of  light  infantry,  2d  Conn,  regt.,  1781.     Page  352. 

EDWARD  FIELDS.  Private;  residence  Providence;  enlisted  Feb.  4,  1777; 
term,  war;  Capt.  Taylor's  light  infantry  co.,  Feb.,  1783,  Col.  Herman  Swift.  Page 

EDWARD  FIELD.  Musician,  Aug.  8,  1777;  reduced  Sept.  30,  1780;  drummer 
Oct.,  1780;  list  of  non-commissioned  officers  and  musicians ;  Col.  Philip  Burr  Brad- 
ley, 5th  regt.     Page  195. 

EDWARD  FIELD.  Drummer,  Capt.  Chapman's  co. ;  list  ot  non-commis- 
sioned officers  and  privates;  Col.  Herman  Swift,  2d  regt. ;  paid  from  Jan.  i,  1781  to 
Dec.  31,  1781.     Page  328. 

EDW.  FIELD  (Mary).  62  years  of  age ;  town  ot  Waterbury ;  New  Haven  Co. 
census  pensioners,  1840.     Page  660. 


FRANCIS  FIELDS.  Private;  enlisted  May  15,  1777;  term,  3 years;  discharged 
May  15,  1780;  Col.  John  Chandler's  8th  regt.,  1777-81,  Stoddards'  co.     Page  234. 

FRANCIS  FIELD.  Private,  1775;  July  13  to  Dec.  20;  5th  co.,  57th  regt,  Col. 
Chas.  Webb,  Capt.  Nathaniel  Tuttle.     Page  81. 

FRANCIS  FIELDS.  Private,  Capt.  Bostwick's  co.,  Chas.  Webb  (col.)  regt.. 
which  crossed  the  River  Delaware  to  Trenton  on  the  evening  of  Dec.  25,  1776. 
(Rev.  roll,  pension  bureau.)     Page  105. 

ELIJAH  FIELDS.  Private;  May  17  to  Dec.  16,  1775;  Col.  Israel  Putnam's  3d 
regt.,  2d  CO. ;  Experience  Storrs  Capt.  and  also  lieut.-col.     Page  54. 

GEO.  FIELD.  Private;  residence  Woodbury;  enlisted  Jan.  i,  1777;  term, 
war;  Col.  Zebulon  Butler,  Capt.  Robertson's  co.,  ist  Conn.  regt.     Page  364. 

GEO.  FIELD.  Private;  May  31,  1777;  term,  war;  8th  regt.  Stoddars' co..  Col. 
John  Chandlers,  1777-81.     Page  234. 

GEO.  FIELDS.     Private;  pensioner  ot  1 81 8;  residence  in  Vermont.    Page  639. 

ICHABOD  FIELDS.  Private,  town  of  Guilford;  Col.  Canfield's militia  regt., 
Sept.,  1781.     Page  582. 

JAMES  FIELDS.  Private,  Col.  Herman  Swift's  regt,  1783;  enlisted  Dec, 
1780  to  Dec,  1781.     List  of  non-commissioned  officers  and  privates.     Page  369. 

JOHN  FIELD.  Age  81 ;  town  of  Cheshire,  New  Haven  Co.  Census  of  pen- 
sioners, 1840.     Page  660. 

JAMES  FIELD.  Fifer;  paid  from  Dec.  18.  1780  to  Dec.  31,  1781.  List  ot 
non-commissioned  officers  and  privates.  Capt.  Comstock's  co.,  5th  regt,  Lieut.-Col. 
Com'dt.  Isaac  Sherman.     Page  345. 

JAMES  FIELDS.  Private;  residence  Woodbury;  Capt  Elijah  Chapman's 
CO.,  Feb.  I,  1783;  enlisted  Dec,  1781;  term,  3  years;  Col.  Herman  Swift.     Page  363. 

JOSEPH  FIELD.  Private;  town  Norfolk;  Col.  Canfield's  militia  regt,  Sept., 
1781.     Page  583. 

LUKE  FIELD.  Private,  Capt  Hand's  co..  Col.  Talcott's  regt  The  men  were 
enlisted  March  22  for  service  in  the  New  York  expedition,  and  discharged  April  18, 
1776.     Page  388. 

LUKE  FIELD.  Private,  2d  co.,  Capt  Andrew  Ward,  also  lieut-col..  Col. 
David  Woosters,  1775;  discharged  north  dep't,  Nov.  16,  1775.     Page  39. 

JOHN  FIELDS.  Capt.  James  Peck's  co..  Col.  (corporal)  Roger  Enos'  bat- 
talion, Sept.  17,  1777.     Page  615. 

JOHN  FIELDS.  Residing  in  New  Haven  county,  Conn.;  pensioner  ot  1832. 
Page  654. 

OLIVER  FIELDS.  Private;  paid  from  Dec.  23,  1780  to  Dec.  31,  1781. 
List  of  non-commissioned  officers  and  privates.  Capt.  Comstock's  co.,  5th 
regt,  Lieut.-Col.  Com'dt.  Isaac  Sherman.     Page  345. 

PARDON  FIELD.  Private;  residing  in  New  York.  Pensioner  of  1818. 
Page  642. 

PRESERVED  FIELD.  Private;  June  3,  1780;  town  of  Wethersfield;  sandy 
hair  and  eyes;  by  trade  tailor;  5  ft.  5  in.  in  stature;  dark  complexion;  discharged 
for  Wm.  Morrison,  April  6,  1779;  Col.  Sheldon's  light  dragoons,  1777-83,  4th  troop. 
Page  278. 

NATHANIEL  FIELD.  Private;  32  days;  enlisted  from  Norfolk  (town)  for 
reliet  of  Boston  in  Lexington  alarm,  1775.     Page  18. 

ROBERT  FIELD.  Private,  5th  regt.  Col.  Philip  Burr  Bradley,  1780.  List  ot 
levies;  enlisted  July,  1780 — Dec.  9,  1780.     Page  203. 

NATHANIEL  FIELD.  Private,  loth  co. ;  discharged  in  north  dep't  Sept  2, 
1775;  4th  regt,  Col.  Benj.  Hinman,  1775.  This  co.  served  at  the  siege  of  Boston. 
Page  62. 


SAMUEL  FIELDS.  Service  25  days;  from  town  of  Mansfield  for  relief  of 
Boston  in  Lexington  alarm,  April,  1885.     Page  16. 

SAMUEL  FIELDS.  Private;  May  17 — Dec.  17,  1775;  2dco.,  Experience  Storrs, 
capt.,  also  lieut.-col.,  Col.  Israel  Putnam,  3d  regt.     Page  54. 

TIMOTHY  FIELD.  Lieut.,  7th  regt.  of  militia,  Col.  Wm.  Worthington,  1780. 
Page  561. 

TIMOTHY  FIELD.  Lieut.;  town  ot  Norfolk;  Col.  Canfield's  militia  regt., 
Sept.,  1 78 1.     Page  584. 

TIMOTHY  FIELD.  Sergeant;  town  of  Guilford;  5  days'  service,  for  relief  of 
Boston  in  Lexington  alarm,  1775.     Page  12. 

TIMOTHY  FIELD.  Private,  2d  co.,  Capt.  Andrew  Ward,  also  lieut.-col..  Col. 
David  Wooster's  regt.,  1775;  discharged  Nov.  16.  1775.     Page  39. 

ZACH.  FIELD.  Private;  enlisted  June  20,  for  i  mo. ;  roll  of  Capt.  Peter  Vaill's 
CO.  of  guards  stationed  in  Guilford  for  defense  of  seacoast,  1781;  Col.  Canfield's 
militia  regt.     Page  585. 

[By  Edward  Field.] 

ABNER  FIELD.  Private;  Pawtuxet  rangers,  at  Cranston  Neck  or  Long 
Neck  now  called  Pawtuxet  Neck;  Oliver  Arnold,  lieut.-col.;  second  detachment, 
1777.     (No.  I.)     Page  88. 

ABNER  FIELD.  Private;  July,  1778;  on  duty  at  Pawtuxet.  under  Col.  Benj. 
Arnold.     (R.  I.  Historical  Society   military  papers.)     Page  89. 

JACOB  FIELD.  Private,  under  pay  abstract  of  Capt.  John  Whipple's  co.,  in 
Lieut.-Col.  Commandant  Geo.  Peck's  regt.,  doing  duty  on  R.  I.  in  March,  1781. 
(Providence  town  papers,  No.  2526.)     Page  no. 

JOHN  FIELD.     Same  as  Jacob  Field  (above).     Page  no. 

JOHN  FIELD.  Part  owner  ot  land  on  which  stood  Fort  Sullivan,  probably 
the  first  revolutionary  defense  obliterated,  1784.     Page  75. 

JEREMIAH  FIELD.  Private,  Pawtuxet  rangers ;  same  asAbner  Field  (No. 
i).     Page  88. 

NEHEMIAH  FIELD.  Ensign  Capt.  Jeremiah  Olney's  4th  co.,  in  Col.  Daniel 
Hitchcock's  regt.  of  the  Army  of  Observation,  1775.  (Cowell's  Spirit  of  '76  in  R.  I., 
page  20.)     Page  7. 

PARDON  FIELD.  Fifer;  July,  1778,  on  duty  at  Pawtuxet  under  Col.  Benj. 
Arnold,  Lieut.-Col.  Oliver  Arnold.  (R.  I.  Historical  Society  military  papers.) 
Page  88. 

PETER  FIELD.     Same  as  Jacob. 

WILLIAM  FIELD,  of  Penngansett.  Fortifications  made  (Fort  Independence) 
upon  the  hill  southward  of  his  house.  Portion  of  the  ancient  dwelling  is  still  stand- 
ing to  mark  the  spot  where  Thomas  Field  builded  more  than  two  centuries  ago. 
The  construction  of  this  was  superintended  by  Capt.  Bernard  Eddy,  and  his  bill  to 
the  town  for  labor  was  made  up  by  the  following  items :  Town  of  Providence  to 
Bernard  Eddy.  Nov.  20,  1775,  to  i^^  days  work;  Wm.  Field  and  2  hands  and 
his  team  at  12s.  per  day — i8s,  etc.     Page  62-64. 


THOMAS  FIELD.  Private,  also  militia.  Official  roster  of  Continental  troops. 
Page  192. 

Official  Roster  of  State  Troops  and  Militia  under  Lieut's  Jeremiah  Field,  pri- 
vate, istregt,  Middlesex;  sergt.,  ditto;  lieut.,  ditto.     Page  425. 


Official  Roster  State  Troops  and  Militia.  Under  privates:  Field,  Benjamin, 
-Middlesex;  Field,  Dennis,  Middlesex;  Field,  Elnathan;  Field,  Hendrick;  Field, 
Jeremiah  B.,  Middlesex;  Field,  John,  Middlesex;  Field,  John  B.,  Middlesex;  Field, 
Jonathan,  Middlesex;  Field,  Richard,  Middlesex;  Field,  Richard  R. ;  Field,  Seth, 
Capt.  Maxwell's  co.,  2d  regt.,  Hunterdon;  Field,  Thomas,  Capt.  Fisler's  co., 
Gloucester,  also  Continental  army;  Field,  William  Morris.     Page  592. 

Penn.  Archives — Second  Series. 

CHAS.  FIELD.  Private.  Non-commissioned  officers  and  privates  in  Col. 
Stephen  Moylan's  4th  regt.  light  dragoons  in  service  of  the  U.  S.  Riding  master, 
Wm.  Thompson;  trumpet  major.  Christian  Coon ;  Pa.  7th  regt.  of  cavalry,  1777-1783. 
Page  131,  vol.  XI. 

JOHN  FIELD.  Scull's  co. ;  taken  Nov.  16,  1776;  resided  in  Botetourt  Co. ,  Va., 
in  1792;  3d  Pa.  battalion.  Col.  John  Shee.     Vol.  X.,  page  114. 

JOHN  FIELD.  Capt.  John  Davis's  co. ;  7  mo.  men;  9th  Pa..  Continental  line. 
Vol.  X.,  page  699. 

JOHN  FIELD.     List  of  soldiers  of  the  Revolution.     Vol.  XIII.,  page  69. 

JOHN  FIELD.  Private;  Sept.  25,  1778,  8th  class;  Lieut.  Henry  Meyer's  co., 
Phil,  militia,  Wm.  Bradford,  col.     Vol.  XIII.,  page  688. 

JOHN  FIELD.  App.  Feb.  4,  1781,  sergeant,  Capt.  John  Geyer's  co.,  3d  regt. 
of  foot,  Major  Richard  Salter.     Vol.  XIII.,  page  776. 

JOHN  FIELD.  A  servant  to  J.  Knight.  Non-associators  in  lower  Milford 
township.     Vol.  XIV.,  page  226. 

NATHAN  FIELD.  Married  man.  Non-associators  in  lower  Wakefield  town- 
ship.    Vol.  XIV.,  page  237. 

NEWBERT  FIELD.  Non-associators  in  Bristol  borough  and  township.  Vol. 
XIV.,  page  218. 

PETER  FIELD.  Sept.  i,  1781;  Capt.  Geo.  Taylor's  co.,  1st  regt.  of  foot,  com- 
manded by  David  Reese.     Vol.  XIII.,  page  787. 

SAMUEL  FIELDS.  May  14,  1778;  ist  lieut,  Capt.  Philip  Matthew's  4th  co., 
4th  battallion.  Col.  Samuel  Lyon.     Vol.  XIV.,  page  413. 

THOMAS  FIELDS.  Sergeant,  Darby;  taken  Nov.  16,  1776;  5th  Pa.  battalion, 
Col.  Robert  Magaw,  Capt.  John  Richardson's  co.     Vol.  X.,  page  162. 

THOMAS  FIELDS.  Private.  Non-commissioned  officers  and  privates.  6th 
Pa.,  Continental  line.     Vol.  X.,  page  597. 

WM.  FIELDS.     Act  of  Feb.  25,  1813.     Pension  list.     Vol.  XL,  page  761. 

WM.  FIELDS.  Age,  21;  5  ft.  3^  in.  tall;  farmer;  born  in  England ;  enlisted 
April  16,  1777;  private;  roll  of  7th  co.,  Capt.  Isaac  Sweeny,  Lieut.  Septimus  Davis. 
Vol.  XL,  page  265. 

WM.  FIELD.     Non-associators  in  Buckingham  township.    Vol.  XIV.,  page  219. 

WM.   FIELDS.     Private;  sick;  Trenton;  a  return  of  Capt.  John co.  of 

6th  Pa.  regt.,  commanded  by  Lieut-Col.  Josiah  Harmar,  Sept.  9,  1778.  Vol.  XV., 
page  460. 



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1.  ROGER  DEL  FIELD,  b.  Sowerby,  England,  about  1240;  m. .     He 

was  descended  from  Sir  Hubertus  De  la  Feld  and  the  head  of  the  family  which 
settled  in  Lancaster  and  Kent  counties,  England.     Res.  Sowerby,  England. 

2.  I.         RICHARD,  b.  about  1276;  m. . 

3.  ii.        THOMAS,  b.  about  1278;  m. . 

2.  RICHARD  DE  FELD  (Roger),  b.  about  1276,  in  Sowerby,  England;  m. 

.     The  existing  rolls  of  Wakefield  Manor  commence  in  1284,  but  are  very 

imperfect  until  1306.  A  roll  endorsed  1272  and  called  first  roll,  is  a  mistake  for 
first  of  Edward  II.,  and,  therefore,  1307.  The  first  entry  in  them  relating  to  the 
Field  family  is  in  1306,  and  refers  to  a  suit  of  Richard  del  Feld,  of  Sowerby, 
against  Robert,  son  of  William  de  Saltonstall.  In  1308  Richard  de  Feld  served  as 
a  juror,  being  described  in  the  entry  as  son  of  Roger  del  Feld.  Throughout  the 
part  of  the  Wakefield  rolls  referred  to  in  this  book  the  name  is  written  "flEeld." 
These  two  small  letters  then  stood  for  the  capital  one,  which  we  now  use.  Osgood 
Field  says,  "very  probably  Richard  and  Thomas  were  brothers."  Res.  Sowerby, 

4.  i.         ADAM,  b.  1299;  m. . 

3.  THOMAS  DEL  FELD  (Roger),  b.  Sowerby,  England,  about  1278;  m.  

.     He  was  of  Sowerby,  a  juror  in  1307.     Named  in  the  Wakefield  rolls  in  1314, 

and  also  in  1322,  when  he  was  at  "Halifax  Court."     Res.  Sowerby,  England. 

5.  i.         JOHN,  b.  1300;  m. . 

6.  ii.        ADAM,  b. .      He  was  ot  Sowerby.     Named  in  the  rolls  in  1349. 

and  then  called  "son  of  Thomas  de  Feld."     Mentioned  again  in 

4.  ADAM  DEL  FELD  (Richard,  Roger),  b.  Sowerby,  England,  1299;  m. 

.     In  1333  the  name  of  Adam  del  Feld  appears  in  the  Wakefield  Manor  rolls, 

and  in  1336  he  is  spoken  of  as  holding  a  house  and  twelve  acres  in  Sowerby,  when 
he  was  called  a  son  of  Richard  del  Feld.  This  Adam  is  mentioned  in  these  rolls 
several  times  in  the  next  fourteen  years,  and  in  1349  he  was  elected  greave  ot 
Sowerby.  This  was  the  chief  officer  of  a  graveship.  He  died  shortly  after,  for 
the  entry  in  1350  states  that  he  died  1349-50.     Res.  Sowerby,  England. 

7.  i.         THOMAS,  JR.,  b.  1329;  m.  Matilda . 

5.  JOHN  DEL  FELD  (Thomas,  Roger),  b.  Sowerby,  England,  1300;  m. 

He  was  named  in  the  Wakefield  Manor  rolls  in  1326,  1334  and  in  1336,  when  he  had 
land  at  Sowerby.     Called  "son  of  Thomas  del  Feld."     Res.  Sowerby,  England. 

8.  i.         THOMAS,  JR.,  b.  1330;  m.  Annabelle . 

7.  THOMAS  DEL  FELD,  JR.  (Adam,  Richard,  Roger),  b.  Sowerby,  Eng- 
land, 1329;  m.  Matilda .      He  paid  heriot  in  1350  on  a  house  and  twelve  acres 

at  Sowerby,  "after  the  death  of  Adam,  his  father."  He  had  a  dispute  in  1357  with 
Richard  de  Leighrod.  In  1361  he  surrendered  to  the  lord  a  house  and  sixteen  acres 
at  Sowerby,  and  took  back  the  same  with  "Matilda,  his  wife,"  paying  ingress.  In 
1370  Isabella,  daughter  of  Richard  de  Leghrode,  deceased,  took  land  from  him. 
Referred  to  in  the  rolls  in  1384,  and  in  1391. 

Thomas  del  Feld  paid  heriot  on  a  house  and  twelve  acres  in  Sowerby  "after 











the  death  of  his  father,  Adam."  Heriot  is  a  fine  or  tax  paid  to  the  lord  of  a  manor 
by  a  person  when  inheriting  property  in  it. 

About  the  same  time  there  was  another  Adam  del  Feld  at  Sowerby,  who  is 
named  in  the  rolls  in  1349,  and  called  then  "son  of  Thomas  del  Feld."  Whether  he 
is  the  Adam  mentioned  in  them  in  1393  the  writer  is  unable  to  state.  There  were 
also  two  Thomas  del  Felds  at  Sowerby  who  were  contemporaneous,  and  often  dis- 
tinguished in  the  rolls  as  senior  and  junior,  but  not  always  so.  The  land  ceded  to 
Isabella  de  Leghrode  in  1370  was  called  "Todehoile." 

In  1369  Thomas  del  Feld  surrendered,  and  John,  son  of  William  Milner,  took 
the  half  of  a  house  and  land  described  as  "the  Langeroide,  in  Sowerby  in  West- 
felde.  In  the  following  year  this  same  Thomas  ceded  a  piece  of  land  in  Ribburns- 
dene  (Ripponden)  to  Henry  Pigle.  He  is  probably  the  "Thomas  Feld"  who 
together  with  his  wife  is  assessed  in  the  Lay  subsidy  roll  for  the  West  Riding  of 
Yorkshire,  under  the  head  of  "Sowerby"  in  the  second  of  Richard  III.  (1378-79). 
Res.  Sowerby,  England. 

JOHN,  b.  1359;  m. . 

RICHARD,  b.  ;  m. . 

AGNES,  b. ;  d.  unm.  before  1397. 

ALICE,   b. .      She  paid  heriot  on  fifteen  acres  and  one-half  a 

house  in  Sowerby  "after  the  death  of  her  sister,  Agnes,"  in  1397. 
It  is  supposed  that  this  estate  was  owned  jointly  by  the  two  sisters, 
and  that  it  is  the  same  one  which  was  in  possession  of  Thomas,  Jr. 
and  his  wife,  Matilda,  in  1361,  from  whom  it  passed  to  their  son 
John,  and  was  inherited  from  him  in  1393  by  his  brother  Richard, 
who  was  the  brother  of  these  ladies.  This  is  all  the  more  probable, 
as  we  find  an  entry  in  1508.  that  this  property  had  been  in  posses- 
sion of  William  Felde,  who  was  the  nephew  of  Alice  and  Agnes, 
and  the  property  was  then  conveyed  to  the  use  of  his  widow. 

8.  THOMAS  DEL  FELD    (John,  Thomas,   Roger),  b.   Sowerby,    England, 

1330;  m.  Annabelle .      He  was  named  in  the  rolls  in  1364  and  was  elected  this 

year  to  supervise  the  "agistment  and  pannage."  Constable  of  Sowerby  in  1365, 
and  greave  there  in  1370.  He  hired  Sowerby  mill  in  1380  with  Thomas  de  Helilee, 
and  was  a  special  juror  in  1384.  In  1370  he  took  a  piece  of  land  of  Thomas  Wade, 
in  "Dedewyf erode,"  and  I  think  later  went  to  Bradford. 

The  name  of  Thomas  del  Feld  occurs  frequently  in  the  Wakefield  rolls  between 
1348  and  1391,  without  the  addition  of  senior  or  junior,  so  that  it  is  impossible  to 
say  which  one  is  referred  to  in  these  entries.  Both  senior  and  junior  are  mentioned 
in  1384,  after  which  date  there  is  but  one  entry,  in  1391,  when  the  name  is  simply 
Thomas  del  Feld.  Probably  both  senior  and  junior  died  about  this  time.  Others 
of  the  family  mentioned  in  the  lifetime  of  the  two  Thomases  who  cannot  be  placed 
with  certainty,  are  Elena  del  Feld,  in  1329  and  in  1333,  and  Margaret,  who  paid 
heriot  in  1357  on  a  cottage  and  land  in  Sowerby,  "after  the  death  of  John  Tomson, 
her  uncle."  She  is  called  daughter  of  Thomas  del  Feld,  but  ot  which  I  am  unable 
to  state.     He  d.  about  1391.     Res.  Sowerby  and  Bradford,  England. 

13.  i.         THOMAS,  b.  1360;  m.  Isabel . 

9.  JOHN  DEL  FELD  (Thomas,  Adam,  Richard,  Roger),  b.  Sowerby,  Eng- 
land, 1359;  m. .     He  may  have  been  the  eldest  son — but  I  think  not     He 

had  had  possession  at  one  time  of  the  house  and  sixteen  acres  at  Sowerby,  which 
belonged  to  his  father.     He  d.  about  1393.     Res.  Sowerby.  England. 

14.  i.         JOHN,  b.  1383;  m. . 


lo.     RICHARD  DEL  FELD  (Thomas,  Adam,  Richard,  Roger),  b.  Sowerby, 

England ;  m. .     Richard  del  Feld  is  referred  to  in  the  rolls  no  less  than 

twenty-three  times  between  1393  and  1454  inclusive.  He  must  have  lived  to  a  good 
old  age,  and  died  about  the  last  date.  It  was  during  Richard's  lifetime  that  the 
prefix  "del"  was  dropped  from  the  family  name — the  wars  with  France  having  made 
such  adjuncts  unpopular.  The  single  name  of  Feld  appears  in  1412  in  the  rolls  for  the 
first  time.  After  that  date  it  is  sometimes  preceded  by  "del,"  and  occasionally  by 
"de"  until  1446,  which  is  the  latest  time  at  which  we  meet  with  either  of  these  in 
the  records  referred  to. 

Richard  Feld  was  chosen  greave  of  Sowerby  in  1423  and  1428.  Probably  the 
deed  of  1454  to  his  sons  was  executed  by  him  in  anticipation  of  his  immediate  death. 
He  d.  about  1454.     Res.  Sowerby,  England. 

15.  i.         ROBERT,  b. .     In  1427  and  1428  the  name  of  Robert  Feld  occurs 

in  the  rolls,  and  in  the  entry  of  the  latter  year  he  is  called  "son  of 
Richard."  Quite  likely  he  was  the  same  Robert  Feld  who  was 
elected  constable  of  Warley  in  1433,  as  this  place  is  only  two  or 
three  miles  from  Sowerby.  He  had  a  son  Richard,  to  whom  his 
grandfather  of  the  same  name  gave,  in  1454,  the  remainder  to  a 
house  and  twenty-three  acres  "between  Feldhouseloyne  (Fieldhouse 
lane)  on  the  highway  of  Ribbornedeyne  on  the  south,"  which  was 
then  conveyed  to  the  use  of  his  uncle  William  for  twenty-four 

16.  ii.        JOHN,  b.  ;  m. . 

17.  iii.       THOMAS,  b. .     Thomas  Feld,  son  of  Richard,  who  is  named  in 

the  conveyance  of  1440,  is  not  again  mentioned  in  the  rolls.  It  is 
supposed  from  this  that  he  either  died  young  or  left  the  neighbor- 

18.  iv.       WILLIAM,  b. ;  m.  Mabill . 

19.  V.         GEORGE,  b. . 

13.  THOMAS  DEL   FELDE  (Thomas,  John,  Thomas,    Roger),  b.  1360;    m. 

Isabel .      On  the  12th  of  March,  1429  "Thomas  del  Felde  de  Bolton"  made  his 

will,  leaving  to  his  wife,  Isabel,  all  his  lands  and  tenants  "in  villa  and  tertory  de 
Bynglay"  for  life,  remainder  to  his  heirs.  After  the  death  of  "Anabelle  my 
mother"  his  son  Robert  is  to  have  his  lands  "in  villa  and  tertory  of  Bradford,"  and 
if  Robert  die  without  issue,  remainder  to  William,  his  brother.  He  d.  1429.  Res. 
Bradford,  England. 

20.  i.  ROBERT,  b. . 

21.  ii.        WILLIAM,  b. ;  m.  Katherine . 

14.  JOHN  FELD  (John,  Thomas,  Adam,  Richard,  Roger),  b.  Sowerby,  Eng- 
land, 1383;  m.  1412 ;  d.  prob.  1423,      This  branch  of  the  family  was  seated  in 

Normanton  and  East  Ardsley,  within  a  short  distance  of  Wakefield,  and  near  the 
neighboring  town  of  Bradford.  All  these  were  of  the  same  family  originally,  as 
the  Fields,  of  Sowerby.  Most  of  the  places  referred  to  were  within  a  radius  of  ten 
or  fifteen  miles  of  that  place.  The  first  one  mentioned  in  the  Wakefield  rolls  at  any 
of  these  localities  was  John  Feld,  of  Normanton,  who  is  referred  to  in  141 2,  and  was 
no  doubt  the  progenitor  of  those  of  the  family  who  were  residing  near  a  little  later. 
John  was  a  juror  in  1420,  and  he  is  named  tor  the  last  time  in  1423.  He  d.  about 
1423.     Res.  Normanton,  England. 

22.  i.         RICHARD,  b. ;  m. . 

16.  JOHN  FELD  (Richard,  Thomas,  Adam,  Richard,  Roger),  b.  Sowerby, 
England ;  m. .      Besides  Robert,  Richard  had  three  other  sons  as  appears 










by  an  entry  in  1440,  when  he  surrendered  the  house  and  land  above  referred  to, 
which  is  described  as  being  "between  Dedewyfoclogh  and  Feldhouslone  in  Sowerby," 
to  the  use  of  John,  son  of  said  Richard,  with  remainder  to  Thomas  and  William, 
brothers  ot  John.  This  last  immediately  re-conveyed  the  estate  to  his  father  Rich- 
ard tor  lite.  John  had  a  son  Hugh.  John  was  the  first  mentioned  ot  the  three 
brothers  in  1440,  and  was  again  mentioned  in  1443.  He  was  a  juror  in  1445.  was 
constable  of  Sowerby  in  1449  and  1450.  He  was  not  living  in  1468,  as  appears  by  an 
entry  that  year.     Res.  Sowerby,  England. 

23.  i.         CHRISTOPHER,  b.  ;  m. . 

24.  ii.        HUGH,  b. .     He  was  granted  remainder  to  the  house  and  sixteen 

acres  in  150S,  when  he  was  called  "son  of  the  late  John  Feld."  In 
1525  he  let  Feldhous  to  William  Brig.  He  is  again  mentioned  in 
the  rolls  in  1521  and  1525.  He  is  not  mentioned  again  and  he 
probably  died  about  this  time  without  issue. 

25.  iii.       JOHN,  b.  .     In  1468  Christopher  Feld  surrendered  the  use  of  the 

house  and  twenty-three  acres  to  John,  his  brother,  and  the  four 

sisters  for  twelve  years. 

ELENA,  b. . 

ISABELLA,  b. . 

AGNES,  b. . 

JOAN,  b. . 

18.     WILLIAM  FELD  (Richard,  Thomas,  Adam.  Richard,  Roger),  b.  Sowerby, 

England;  m.  Mabill .      William  Feld  was  greave  of  Sowerby  in  1476.     Under 

date  of  1508  there  is  an  entry  of  the  surrender  of  a  house  and  sixteen  acres,  "for- 
merly in  tenure  of  William  Felde  de  Soreby,"  "to  the  use  of  Mabill,  widow  of  the 
said  William  Felde,  remainder  to  Hugh,  son  of  the  late  John  Felde,  remainder  to 
George,  brother  of  the  said  John."     Res.  Sowerby,  England. 

21.  WILLIAM  FELD  (Thomas,  Thomas,   John,  Thomas,  Roger),  b.  possibly 

Bradford,  England, ;  m.   Katherine .      Letters  of  administration  granted 

his  widow  April  21,  1480.  She  was  administratrix  of  the  estate.  He  d.  April,  1480. 
Res.  Parish  of  Bradford,  England. 

30.  i.         WILLIAM,  b. ;  m. . 

31.  li.        JOHN,  b. ;  m. . 

22.  RICHARD  FELD  (John,  John,  Thomas,  Adam.  Richard,  Roger),  b.  near 

Normanton,    England;    ro. .      He  was  constable  at  Normanton  in  1436. 

His  wife  is  mentioned  in  the  records  in  1446-47-49-50,  and  as  she  was  not  called 
widow  then  it  is  presumed  he  was  living.  He  d.  April,  1450.  Res.  Normanton, 

32.  i.         RICHARD,  b.  ;  m. . 

23.  CHRISTOPHER  FELD  (John,  Richard.  Thomas,  Adam,  Richard,  Roger), 

b.  Sowerby,  England ;  m. .     In  1468  Christopher,  son  of  John  Felde.  gave 

heriot  on  a  house  and  twenty-three  acres,  between  Dedewyfeclogh  and  Feldehouse- 
loyne,  after  the  death  of  his  father,  John.  He  immediately  surrendered  the  same 
to  the  use  of  John,  his  brother,  and  to  Elena,  Isabella,  Agnes  and  Johne  (Joan),  their 
sisters,  for  twelve  years.  In  1471  Margaret  de  Felde,  at  the  Overfeldhouse,  was 
fined  for  encroaching  on  the  waste.  The  fact  of  there  being  a  Field  House  lane  in 
1440  implies  the  existence  at  that  time  of  a  Field  house,  while  this  last  entry  shows 
that  there  were  at  the  date  of  it — 14 71 — two  buildings  of  that  name,  an  upper  and 
a  lower  Field  house.  The  latter  is  referred  to  in  1500,  when  there  was  a  conveyance 
of  land  to  Christopher  Field  between  Feldhousloyne,  the  land  of  Christopher  Feld 
and  Netherfeldhous.      Probably  one  of  these  is  the  edifice  referred  to  hereafter, 


which  was  pulled  down  in  the  early  part  of  this  century.  Christopher  Felde.  who 
paid  heriot  in  1468,  was  elected  greave  of  Sowerby  in  1487.  He  is  named  in  the 
rolls  in  1494  and  1500,  and  was  dead  in  1509,  when  John,  described  as  son  of  Chris- 
topher Felde,  Sowerby,  paid  heriot  tor  house  and  twenty-three  and  one-half  acres 
between  Dedewyfeclough  and  Feldehousloyne  after  the  death  of  Christopher,  his 
father.     He  was  dead  in  1509.     Res.  Sowerby,  England. 

33.  i.         JOHN,  b. ;  m. . 

34.  ii.        THOMAS,  b. ;  m.  Margaret . 

30.  WILLIAM  FELD  (William,  Thomas,  Thomas,  John,  Thomas,  Roger),  b. 
Bradford,  England;  m. .     Res.  East  Ardsley,  England. 

35.  i.  RICHARD,  b. ;  m.  Elizabeth . 

2S'A'  ii-  THOMAS,  b. .  Thomas  Felde,  supervisor  of  his  brother  Rich- 
ard's will  in  1542.  In  1545  he  is  assessed  for  lands  in  East  Ardsley. 
His  brother  Richard  refers  to  him  in  his  will,  "Mr.  Thomas  Felde, 
my  brother." 

36.  iii.       JOHN,  b.  about  1519;  m. . 

31.  JOHN  FELD  (William,  Thomas.  Thomas,  John.  Thomas,  Roger),  b. 
Bradford,  England, ;  m. .     Res.  Bradford,  England. 

37.  i.         JOHN,  b. ;  m. . 

32.  RICHARD  FELD  (Richard,  John,  John,  Thomas,  Adam,  Richard,  Roger), 

b.  Normanton,  England;  m. .     He  was  constable  of  "Endeslawe"  (Ardsley) 

in  1484.     Res.  Ardsley,  England. 

33.  JOHN  FELDE  (Christopher,  John,  Richard,  Thomas,  Adam,  Richard, 
Roger),  b.  Sowerby,  England;  m. .  John  inherited  the  house  and  twenty- 
three  and  one-half  acres  in  1509.  He  was  constable  of  Sowerby  in  151 3  and  1514. 
He  was  dead  in  1520.     Res.  Sowerby,  England. 

38.  i.         CHRISTOPHER,  b. ;  m.  Grace  Gradeheighe. 

39.  ii.        JOHN.  b. ;  m.  Elizabeth . 

40.  iii.       JAMES,  b.  ;  m. . 

41.  iv.       ROBERT,  b. ;  m.  Agnes . 

34.  THOMAS  FELDE  (Christopher,  John,  Richard,  Thomas,  Adam,  Richard, 

Roger),  b.  Sowerby,  England ;  m.  Margaret .     Thomas,  in  1492,  took  the  waste 

land  lying  near  a  road  in  Sowerby,  called  Feldhousloyne,  when  he  is  described  as 
son  of  Christopher  Felde,  and  in  1494  he  again  took  similar  land.  At  this  time  there 
was  much  uncultivated  land  in  England,  which  was  called  waste.  His  name  does 
not  occur  after  this  until  1527,  when  he  surrendered  a  tract  ot  land  "taken  from  the 
waste  by  the  said  Thomas,"  and  he  made  a  like  surrender  in  1530.  He  was  dead 
in  1534,  as  appears  by  an  entry  in  that  year,  when  George  Boethes  and  others  sur- 
render a  house  and  land  to  the  use  of  Margaret  widow  of  Thomas  Feld.  He  was 
dead  in  1534.     Res.  Sowerby,  England. 

35.  RICHARD  FELDE  (William,  William,  Thomas,  Thomas,  John,  Thomas, 

Roger),  b.  probably  East  Ardsley,  England ;  m.  Elizabeth .  Richard  made  his  will 

Aug.  19,  1542,  and  it  was  proved  Dec.  8,  1542.  He  describes  himself  as  "husband- 
man of  the  parish  of  Ardeslowe,"  and  desires  his  wife,  Elizabeth,  and  John  Felde, 
my  son,  have  the  take  of  the  farmhold,  and  makes  them  executors.  He  adds  "also 
I  will  that  my  children  have  their  portion  and  that  Mr.  Thomas  Felde,  my  brother, 
and  Christopher  Nowell  be  my  supervisors."  He  d.  December.  1542.  Res.  East 
Ardsley,  England. 

__       42.     i.         JOHN,  b.  about  1525;  m.  Jane  Amyas. 
43.     ii.        OTHER  children. 


37.  JOHN  FIELDE  (John,  William,  Thomas,  Thomas,  John,  Thomas,  Roger), 

b.  probably  in   Bradford,    England ;  m. .      He  was  supervisor  of  his  son 

Thomas'  will,  dated  Jan.  14,  1572-3.  He  was  a  juror  tor  Horton  in  Barnard's  sur- 
vey, 1577.     Res.  Bradford,  Parish  of  Horton,  England. 

44.  i.       THOMAS,  b. ;  m.  Anne . 

45.  ii.        WILLIAM,  b. ;  m.  Jenet . 

38.  CHRISTOPHER  FELD  (John,  Christopher,  John,  Richard,  Thomas, 
Adam,  Richard,  Roger),  b.  Sowerby,  England;  m.  there,  1540,  Grace  Gradeheighe. 
In  1520  he  paid  heriot  on  four  and  one-half  acres  formerly  taken  from  the  waste  atter 
the  decease  of  John,  his  father.  This  is  a  smaller  estate  than  his  brother  John 
inherited,  probably  because  he  was  the  eldest.  In  1531  the  last  named  John  Feld 
gave  Christopher  half  the  rent  of  the  house  and  twenty-three  acres,  which  had  been 
leased  in  1529  to  Henry  Ferror,  describing  his  brother  as  his  lawful  heir.  In  1539 
Christopher  surrendered  the  reversion,  atter  his  death,  of  half  the  rent  of  this  house 
and  land,  to  the  use  of  John,  son  of  Jacobus  (James)  Feld,  which  two  were  at  this 
time  Christopher's  heirs.  In  the  same  year  he  gave  heriot  on  land  after  the  death 
ot  Elizabeth,  his  sister.,  i.  e.,  sister-in-law.  Up  to  the  last  date  the  Wakefield  manor 
rolls  have  been  almost  the  exclusive  source  of  information  relating  to  the  family. 
The  wills  recorded  hitherto  have  been  few  and  far  between,  but  at  this  time  are 
becoming  more  frequent,  and  in  1538  parish  registers  began.  Fortunately  those  of 
Halifax  church  exist  from  the  beginning,  which  can  be  said  of  very  few.  One  of 
the  earliest  entries  in  the  register  records  the  marriage  of  Christopher  Fyld  and 
Grace  Gradeheighe  in  1540.  In  the  manor  rolls  there  is  an  entry  in  1554  of  the  sur- 
render by  Christopher  Feld  of  two  parts  ot  four  and  one-half  acres  to  the  use  of 
William,  Alice  and  Elizabeth,  his  children.  The  name  of  the  last  was  not  found 
among  extracts  of  baptisms  from  the  Halifax  registers,  but  as  the  entries  are  some- 
times illegible,  it  may  have  been  overlooked.  This  conveyance  was  probably  made 
by  Christopher  in  anticipation  of  his  death,  for  in  the  same  year — 1554 — his  eldest 
son,  Edward  Felde,  paid  heriot.     Res.  Halifax  Parish  and  Sowerby,  England. 

EDWARD,  bap.  1541;  m.  Isabella  Greenwood. 
JOHANNA,  bap.  1543,  at  Halifax. 
ALICE,  bap.  1544,  at  Halifax. 
GRACE,  bap.  1545,  at  Halifax. 

ELIZABETH,  bap. ;  named  in  her  father's  deed,  1554. 

JOHN,  bap.  1547;  buried  in  1547. 
WILLIAM,  bap.  1548;  m.  Susan  Midgley. 

39.  JOHN  FELD  (John,  Christopher,  John,  Richard,  Thomas,  Adam,  Rich- 
ard, Roger),  b.   Sowerby.   England;  m.  Elizabeth ;  d.  s.  p.   in  1534.      In  1529 

there  was  a  proclamation  concerning  John  Feld's  land,  formerly  Christopher  Feld's, 
and  in  the  same  year  this  John  leased  the  house  and  twenty-three  acres  in  Sowerby, 
between  Dedewyfeclogh  and  Feldhousloyne,  to  Henry  Ferror.  In  1531  John  Feld 
gave  half  the  rent  from  Ferror  for  this  property  to  Elizabeth,  his  wife,  for  life,  and 
the  other  half  to  Christopher  Felde,  his  lawful  heir.  This  same  Christopher  paid 
heriot  on  land  in  1534,  after  the  death  of  Elizabeth,  his  sister,  i.  e.,  sister-in-law. 
From  this  it  will  be  evident  that  John  Feld  must  have  been  the  son,  and  in  all 
probability  the  eldest,  of  the  person  of  the  same  name  who  was  dead  in  1520,  and 
therefore  the  brother  of  Christopher,  who  paid  heriot  in  this  year,  after  the  decease 
of  John,  his  father.  This  is  evident  not  only  because  we  find  the  John  we  are 
referring  to  in  possession,  m  1529  and  1531,  of  the  house  and  twenty-three  acres, 
which  Richard  Feld  surrendered  to  his  son  John  in  1440.  and  which  descended 
through  him  to  the  first  Christopher  in  1468,  and  then  to  his  son  John  in  1509,  but 














also  because  the  John  we  are  speaking  of  calls  Christopher  his  lawful  heir  in  1531, 
and  more  than  all,  because  the  last  named  styles  John's  wife  Elizabeth,  his  sister, 
whom  he  paid  heriot  in  1534,  after  her  death.  The  presumption  is  that  her  husband 
was  also  dead  then  and  that  they  died  childless.  He  was  dead  in  1534.  Res.,  s.  p., 
Sowerby,  England. 

-40.     JAMES  FELD  (John,  Christopher,  John,  Richard,  Thomas,  Adam,  Rich- 

ard,  Roger),  b.  Sowerby,  England;  m. .      A  Jacobus  (James)  Feld  took  of 

the  waste  in  15 14,  and  he  and  Christopher  are  named  together  in  the  rolls  in  1530. 
In  1534  this  James  surrendered  land  to  John,  Edward  and  Robert,  his  sons.  Prob- 
ably James  was  a  brother  of  John  and  Christopher,  and  this  is  the  more  likely  inas- 
much as  an  entry  in  1539  says  that  the  last  named  surrendered  the  reversion  to  half 
the  rent  of  the  twenty-three  acres  leased  to  Henry  Ferror  in  1529  to  the  use  of  John, 
son  of  Jacobus  (James)  Feld.     Res.  Sowerby,  England. 

53.  i.  JOHN,  b. ;  m. . 

54.  ii.        EDWARD,  b. .     He  is  not  mentioned  in  the  rolls  after  1534. 

55.  iii.       ROBERT,  b. .      He  is  no  doubt  the  one  of  that  name  referred 

to  in  1561,  and  also  in  an  entry  under  1594,  which  states  that 
Robert  Wade  made  a  gift  to  Halifax  free  schole  (school)  from  lands 
formerly  Robert  Feilde's. 

41.  ROBERT  FELDE  (John,  Christopher,  John,  Richard,  Thomas,  Adam, 
Richard,  Roger),  b.  1460;  m.  Agnes . 

The  villages  of  Crotton  and  Sandal  adjoin.  They  are  both  in  the  manor  of 
Wakefield,  and  some  two  or  three  miles  from  the  town  of  that  name.  About  the 
same  distance  northeast  of  Crofton  is  Normanton,  where  John  Feld  was  residing 
from  141 2  to  1423.  Between  these  two  places  lies  the  parish  of  Warmfield,  in  which 
another  John  Feld  was  living  in  15 14-15,  at  a  place  called  Sharlston,  in  Warmfield. 
A  very  few  years  later  we  find  persons  of  the  name  at  Crofton  and  Sandal,  which 
looks  as  if  the  descendants  of  John,  of  Normanton,  had  spread  themselves  to  these 
two  villages  through  the  intervening  parish  of  Warmfield. 

Before  proceeding  further  the  author  would  say  that  at  Sandal  stood  the  famous 
castle  of  that  name,  which  was  the  chief  seat  of  the  manor  from  an  early  period, 
and  often  the  abode  of  royalty.  During  the  civil  wars  it  was  besieged  and  captured 
by  the  Parliamentary  forces  in  1645,  and  destroyed  shortly  after,  so  that  only  its 
ruins  remain.  At  the  period  of  which  the  auther  is  writing  Sandal  was  a  more 
important  place  than  Crofton,  and  it  is  not  improbable  that  residents  of  the  latter 
and  neighborhood  should  be  sometimes  described  as  "of  Sandal."  It  is,  therefore, 
unlikely  that  the  Robert,  of  the  manor  rolls,  and  he  of  the  subsidy  roll,  were  not  the 
same  individual,  but  father  and  son.  As  we  get  on  a  difficulty  arises  in  tracing  the 
relationship  of  the  different  members  of  this  branch  of  the  family,  from  the  frequent 
occurrence  of  this  name  and  that  of  Christopher,  and  the  author  would  remark 
here,  that  both  of  these  were  very  common  about  this  time  among  the  Fields  of 

In  the  Wakefield  manor  rolls,  under  the  head  ot  Sandal,  there  is  a  reference 
in  1520  to  lands  formerly  in  the  tenure  of  Robert  Felde  and  Agnes,  his  wife;  and  in 
the  subsidy  roll  of  the  fifteenth  Henry  VII.  (1523-4)  "Robert  Feylde"  and  "William 
Feylde"  are  assessed  under  the  head  of  Crofton. 

He  d.  before  1520.  Res.    Sandal,  England. 

56.  i.         ROBERT,  b. ;  m. . 

57.  ii.        WILLIAM,  b.  ;  m. . 

58.  iii.       CHARLES,  b. . 








ALICE,  b. . 

CHRISTOPHER,  b.  ;  m.  Elizabeth . 

NICHOLAS,  b.  . 

__  42.  JOHN  FIELD  (Richard.  William,  William,  Thomas,  Thomas,  John, 
Thomas,  Roger),  b.  about  1525,  East  Ardsley,  England;  m.  1560,  Jane  Amyas.  dau. 
of  John:  d.  Aug.  30,  1609.     He  d.  May,  1587.     Res.  Ardislawe,  England. 

John  Felde  has  been  styled  "the  proto-Copernican  ot  England,  inasmuch  as  he 
was  the  first  to  make  known  in  that  country  by  his  writings  the  discoveries  of  this 
remarkable  man,  who  delayed  for  a  long  time  the  publication  of  his  famous  work, 
"De  Orbium  Coelestium  Revolutionibus,"  on  account  of  the  opposition  and  perse- 
cution to  be  feared  from  persons  who  considered  its  teachings  opposed  to  those  of 
the  Bible.  Although  completed  in  1530.  it  was  not  printed  till  1543,  when  its  author 
was  on  his  death-bed.  Works  based  on  the  new  system  (which  revolutionized  the 
science  of  astronomy)  by  Rheticus  and  Reinhold  had  appeared  in  Germany  a  few 
years  earlier,  but  the  "Ephemeris"  of  John  Field  for  1557  which  was  published  in 
that  year,  was  the  first  opportunity  afforded  the  people  of  England  of  becoming 
acquainted  with  the  true  motions  of  the  heavenly  bodies.  In  the  following  year  he 
issued  a  similar  work,  calculated  for  1558,  1559,  1560.  Probably  these  were  not  his 
only  publications,  but  no  others  have  come  down  to  us,  and  only  two  copies  of  these 
are  known  to  exist,  the  British  Museum  and  Bodleian  Library,  at  Oxford,  each 
possessing  both  works. 

John  Field  was  born  probably  between  1510  and  1520.  It  could  not  have  been 
much  after  the  last  date,  as  he  was  co-executor  of  his  father's  will  in  1542.  Wood, 
the  historian  of  Oxford  University,  claims  that  he  belonged  to  that  sect  of  learning, 
which  is  not  improbable,  as  his  writings  show  that  he  had  received  a  good  classical 
education.  It  has  been  impossible  to  find  anything  of  him  anywhere  from  the 
date  of  his  father's  will,  1542,  to  the  publication  of  his  first  "Ephemeris,"  1557, 
when  he  was  residing  in  London,  where  he  may  have  and  quite  likely  did  pass 
the  fourteen  years  intervening.  A  portion  of  the  time  he,  not  improbably,  spent 
abroad,  and  no  doubt  acquired  in  Germany  his  knowledge  of,  and  zeal  for,  the  new 
theories,  which  he  promulgated  afterward  m  his  native  land. 

By  a  patent,  dated  Sept.  4,  1558,  the  heralds  formerly  recognized  his  right  to 
the  family  arms;  Sable,  a  chevron  between  three  garbs  argent,  and  at  the  same 
time  they  granted  to  him  the  following  crest:  A  dexter  arm  issuing  out  of  clouds 
fesseways  proper,  habited  gules,  holding  in  the  hand,  also  proper,  a  sphere  or. 
This  appropriate  crest  may  be  considered  a  recognition  of  his  services  to  the  cause 
of  astronom  y. 

We  assume  that  it  was  about  1560  that  he  married  Jane,  daughter  of  John 
Amyas,  ot  Kent,  as  she  is  described  in  the  Herald's  visitation  of  Yorkshire  in 
1584-85.  Mr.  Hunter  in  an  article  referred  to  elsewhere,  says  that  he  had  searched 
in  vain  for  genealogical  information  in  Kent  without  discovering  anything  of  this 
lady,  or  her  family.  This  failure  is  easily  explained  by  the  fact  that  the  Amyas 
was  not  a  Kentish,  but  a  Yorkshire  name.  The  family  had  been  seated  in  the 
immediate  neighborhood  of  Ardsley  from  a  early  date.  In  all  probability  John 
Amyas  removed  from  there  to  Kent,  and  possibly  his  wife's  family  belonged  to  that 
county.  As  tar  back  as  the  first  of  Edward  I.  the  tolls  ot  Wakefield  manor  were  let 
to  John  de  Amyas  for  ;i^ioo  a  year.  His  daughter,  Matilda,  married  John  Water- 
ton,  of  Walton,  whose  family  has  been  for  centuries  one  of  the  most  distinguished 
of  that  neighborhood.  The  Amyas's  were  seated  for  generations  at  Sandal,  Har- 
bury  and  Thornhill,  all  of  which  are  within  half  a  dozen  miles  of  East  Ardsley, 
where  John  Field  resided.  There  is  no  question  but  he  chose  a  wife  among  his 


neighbors  and  friends.  On  Oct.  29,  1481,  the  rector  of  Methley  had  license  to  marry 
John  Amias,  of  Thornhill,  and  Margarec  Medley.  Robert  Amyas  was  instituted 
vicar  of  Peniston,  May  24,  1498.  Hunter,  the  historian  of  South  Yorkshire,  says 
that  he  was  of  the  Sandal  family.  There  are  two  shields  carved  at  the  end  of  stalls 
in  Sandal  church — one  with  the  Percy  arms  impaling  first  and  fourth  Frost 
and  second  and  third  Amyas — the  last  coat  being  on  a  bend  three  roses.  The 
other  has  also  the  Percy  arms  impaling  Amyas.  Above  is  the  inscription  "Orate 
pro  bono  statu  Joselyng  Pyrcy  Armegery. " 

Joselyn  Percy  was  fourth  son  of  the  fourth  Earl  of  Northumberland,  and  mar- 
ried Margaret,  only  child  of  William  Frost,  of  Beverly  and  Featherston.  This  lady 
inherited  from  her  father  lands  in  Sandal  and  elsewhere.  Jocelyn  Percy  died  in 
1532,  and  his  father-in-law.  Frost,  in  1529.  We  learn  by  the  inquisition  post  mor- 
tem on  this  Jocelyn,  held  at  Wakefield,  the  year  of  his  death,  that  Frost's  wife  was 
Ann  Ranson.  She  was  probably  the  second  one,  and  the  first,  and  mother  of  Mar- 
garet, an  Amyas.  The  parish  registers  of  Roystone,  which  is  some  five  miles  south 
of  Sandal,  began  in  1558.  There  are  several  entries  in  the  earlier  part  which  relate 
to  persons  by  the  name  of  Amyas,  as,  for  instance,  the  burial  of  Elizabeth  Amyas 
in  1569,  and  the  baptism  of  "Beatris"  Amyas  m  1585.  Probably  John  Field  returned 
to  East  Ardsley  not  long  after  his  marriage.  We  find  him  there  at  the  time  of  the 
Herald's  visitation  of  Yorkshire,  in  1584-5,  when  he  recorded  the  names  ot  his  wife 
and  children,  but  for  some  reason,  which  the  writer  cannot  explain,  did  not  give  the 
names  of  his  ancestors,  not  even  that  of  his  father. 

John  Field,  of  East  Ardsley,  co-executor  of  his  father's  will,  had  the  family 
arms  confirmed,  and  a  crest  granted  to  him  Sept.  4,  1558.  The  Herald's  visitation 
ot  Yorkshire,  1585,  records  the  names  ot  himself,  wife  and  children.  His  will,  dated 
Dec.  28,  1586,  was  proved  May  3,  1587. 

Jane,  daughter  ot  John  Amyas,  of  Kent,  executrix  ot  her  husband's  will.  Her 
own  is  dated  July  17,  1609.     Buried  at  East  Ardsley,  Aug.  3,  1609. 

Although  John  Field  was  one  ot  the  most  distinguished  pioneers  in  the  cause  of 
science  of  whom  England  can  boast,  his  memory  has  been  almost  entirely  and 
unjustly  neglected  by  his  countrymen,  and  even  in  astronomical  circles  his  is  hardly, 
or  not  at  all  known.  For  further  information  in  relation  to  him  the  reader  is 
referred  to  Gentleman's  Magazine,  May,  1834,  to  an  article  by  Rev.  Joseph  Hun- 
ter, and  November,  1862,  to  an  article  by.Osgood  Field. 

Will  of  John  Field,  the  Astronomer. — In  the  name  of  God  Amen  the 
xxxiith  day  of  december  a  thousand  ty  ve  hundreth  eyghtie  sixe  Anno  Regine  Dne 
nre  Elizabeth  Regina  viscessimo  nono,  I  John  Feld  of  Ardeslowe  in  the  Countie  of 
York  farmer  sometymes  studente  in  the  mathy  mathicales  sciences,  beinge  weake 
and  feble  in  bodie  but  of  good  and  pfect  memorie  laud  and  prayse  be  unto  Al- 
myghtie  God,  do  make,  ordeyne  and  declare  this  my  psent  testament  conteyninge 
therein  my  last  will  in  maner  and  forme  f oUowinge,  that  is  to  say : 

First  and  principallie  I  bequeathe  and  comende  my  soule  unto  Almightie 
God  my  Creator  and  to  his  dearlie  beloved  sonne  Jesus  Christ  my  onelie  Saviour 
and  Redemer,  in  whome  and  by  the  merritts  of  whose  most  precious  deathe  and 
glorious  passion,  resurrection  and  assencon  I  hope  and  stedtastlie  beleve  to  have  full 
and  cleare  remission,  pdone  and  torgivenes  of  all  my  synes  and  offences.  And  my 
bodie  to  the  earthe  to  be  buried  wthin  the  pshe  church  porche*  of  Ardeslowe  where 
1  am  now  a  prsheoner. 

Itm  I  will  that  all  suche  debts  and  somes  of  money  whatsoever  as  I  shalbe 
indetted  in,  or  owe  of  Right  by  bound  obligatorie,  bill  or  conscience  unto  any  psone 

*  Jane,  widow  of  John  Field,  in  her  will,  dated  1609,  desire  "my  bodie  to  be  buried  by  my 
husband,;  John  Feild,  in  Ardslaw  church  porch." 


or  psons  at  the  tyme  of  my  decease  shalbe  well  and  trulie  answered,  satisfied  and 
paid  by  my  executrix  hereatter  named. 

Itm  whereas  I  do  stand  bound  unto  John  Franklyne  of  little  chart  in  the 
Countie  of  Kent,  esquier,  by  my  deed  obligatorie  in  the  some  of  two,  or  three 
hundrethe  pounds  wth  condicon  that  yt  God  do  calle  me  out  of  the  world  before  my 
wyfe  Jane  Feild,  that  then  I  shall  leave  her  the  said  Jane  worthe  the  some  of  one 
hundrethe  poundes  at  the  least  in  money  plait,  household  stute  or  other  shattalles 
as  by  the  condicon  of  the  said  obligacon  mor  at  large  yet  dothe  and  shall  appeare. 
In  consideracon  whereof  as  well  in  pformance  of  the  same  condicon  of  the  same 
obligacon  as  also  for  divers  other  good  causes  and  consideracons  me  nowe  movinge. 
I  do  give  unto  the  said  Jane  Feild  my  wife  my  whole  intrest  title  and  farmehold  lease 
or  leases  and  terme  of  yeares  wch  I  now  have,  or  shall  have  hereafter  of  my  farme- 
hold wherein  I  nowe  dwell.  And  the  water  corne  mylne  belonginge  to  the  same, 
wth  all  the  houses,  buyldinges,  lands,  tenements,  pfytts  and  hereditaments  what- 
soever wth  all  and  singular  their  appurtenances  to  the  same  belonginge,  or  in 
any  wyse  appteyninge,  as  I  nowe  the  said  John  Feild  enjoyeth  the  same  wth  the 
moytie  or  one  half  of  all  my  moveable  goodes,  as  oxen,  kyne,  yonge  beastes, 
cattalles,  horses,  meares,  colts  and  calves  and  the  moytie,  or  one  halte  of  all 
my  said  moveable  goodes,  as  gucke  or  dead  whatsoever.  And  also  the  moytie 
or  one  halfe  of  all  my  corne  nowe  in  the  barne  and  growinge  on  the  ground  nowe 
sowne,  wth  the  moytie  of  my  hay.  Also  I  give  unto  her  all  my  goodes  wthin 
my  bed  Chamber  wherein  I  nowe  lye,  wth  all  household  stufe  and  furniture  wthin 
the  same  Chamber  to  her  propr  use  for  ever.  And  the  said  Jane  to  have  and  to  hold 
the  said  farmehold  her  naturall  lyfe  yff  the  said  lease,  or  leases  so  long  contynewe. 
And  yf  yt  it  fortune  her  to  dye  before  the  ende  of  the  same  lease,  or  leases  be 
expired  then  my  will  is  that  she  shall  bye  her  will  and  testament  in  writinge,  or 
otherwise  disposse  the  same  her  intrest  and  possession  of  my  said  farmehold  to 
some  such  one  of  my  child,  or  children  as  to  her  wisdome  shall  best  be  licked  of. 

Itm  I  do  gyve  to  James  Feild  and  Martyne  Feild  my  two  yongest  sonnes  all 
my  plate  and  Jewelles  of  gould  and  sylver  equallie  to  be  divided  betwixt  them  wth 
eyther  of  them  a  bedstead  wth  the  furnitur,  havinge  a  fetherbed,  blanketts,  sheets, 
and  counterpayntes  to  the  same. 

Itm  I  do  gyve  unto  fyve  hundrethe  poure  folkes  peny  dole,  and  dynynge  all 
my  poure  neighboures,  the  day  of  my  burial,  as  shortlie  after  as  may  be. 

Itm  I  do  give  to  all  my  god  children  twelve  pence  apece  at  my  wyfes  discrecon. 

Itm  I  do  give  to  my  cosine  Nowell  and  Xpofer  his  Sonne  some  cott  or  dublatt 
at  my  wyfes  discrecon. 

Itm  to  Willm  Medley  some  hose  or  cott  at  her  discrecon. 

Itm  I  do  give  to  my  gossoppe  Willm  Shereley  and  Rowland  of  the  newe  pke 
my  huntinge  home  wth  the  rest  pteyninge  to  yt,  wth  an  Inglishe  booke  at  my  wyfes 

Itm  I  do  give  to  my  maid  Alice  Butler  and  to  my  mam  John  Hill,  yf  he  please 
and  be  obedient  and  serviceable  to  my  wyfe,  attendinge  my  svice  trulie  some  such 
like  consideration  and  remembrance  as  shall  seame  good  to  my  wyfe's  dis- 

Itm  I  do  give  to  my  dislyall  and  loose  lyved  sonne  Richard  Feild  one  sylver 
spoone  in  full  payment  and  satisfacon  of  his  child's  porcon  wth  wch  yf  he  be  not 
satisfied  1  will  he  lose  the  benefytt  of  the  same. 

The  Rest  and  Residue  of  all  my  goodes  whatsoever,  my  debts  paid  and  my 
funerall  expences  discharged,  I  give  and  bequeath  the  residue  to  my  eight  children, 
to  be  bestowed  upon  them  equalie  at  the  discrecon  of  my  wyfe  at  such  tymes  and 
sessons  as  they  shalbe  thought  sufficient  by  their  good  mother  to  order  and  disposes 


the  same  with  the  consent  of  my  supervisors  of  this  my  last  will  and  testament 
hereafter  to  be  named. 

Itm  I  do  ordeyne  and  applynt  the  said  Jane  Feild  my  true  and  lawfuU  wife 
to  be  my  sole  executrix  of  this  my  last  will  and  testament  and  do  nominate  for  my 
supvisoures  Roberte  Greenwood,  gentleman,  and  Roberte  Abbott  of  Bentley, 
tanner,  wth  Mr.  Wm.  Dyneley  of  Swillington  to  be  supervisors  of  this  my  last  will 
and  testament,  pratinge  them  and  everie  of  them  to  pforme  the  speciall  trust  I  have 
reposed  in  them,  to  see  the  same  executed  accordinge  to  my  conscience  and  my  true 
meanynge  of  the  same. 

In  witnes  whereof  1  the  said  John  Feild  to  this  my  psent  last  will  and  testa- 
ment have  sett  my  hand  and  seale  the  day  and  yeare  above  written. 

These  beinge  witnesses   and  sealed  and  delived  in  the  psence  of   me  John 
Naler,  John  Adamsone. 
Proved  May  3,  1587. 

62.  i.  RICHARD,  b.  1563.  Richard  Field,  aged  22,  in  1585,  disinherited 
by  his  father.  He  had  a  daughter,  Mary,  in  1609;  not  then  21. 
Mentioned  in  the  will  of  her  grandmother,  Jane. 

JOHN,  b.  1568;  m. . 

MATTHEW,  b.  1563;  m.  Margaret . 

CHRISTOPHER,'b.  1565.     Christopher  Field  and  John  Feild,  his 
brother,  not  named  in  their  mother's  will;  probably   went  away 
from  home. 
THOMAS,  b.  1572;  named  in  his  mother's  will;  called  third  son. 
WILLIAM,  b.  1570:  m.  Mrs.  Jane  (Sotwell)  Burdette. 
JAMES,  b.  1574;  named  in  both  his  father's  and  mother's  will. 
MARTIN,  b.  1577;  named  in  both  his  father's  and  mother's  wills. 
ANNE,  b.  1580;  prob.  d.  young,  but  named  in  her  mother's  will. 

44.  THOMAS  FEILDE  (John,  John,  William,  Thomas,  Thomas,  John, 
Thomas,  Roger),  b.  probably  in  Parish  ot  Horton,   Bradford,   England;  m.  Anne 

.     Shed.  October,  1599.     He  d.  April,  1573.     Res.  Shipley,  Parish  of  Bradford, 

county  of  York,  England. 

His  will  is  dated  Jan.  14,  1572-3,  and  was  proved  April  24,  1573.  Desires  to  be 
buried  in  the  south  side  ot  Bradford  church.  His  widow  was  executrix  ot  his  will. 
She  was  buried  at  Bradford,  Oct.  28,  1 599. 

Thomas  Feilde,  of  Shipley,  in  his  will,  dated  Jan.  14,  1572-73,  desires  to  be 
buried  in  the  south  side  of  the  church  of  Bradford.  He  bequeaths  to  his  wife,  Anne, 
for  life,  the  farmhold  where  he  dwells,  also  two  new  mills  and  a  farmhold  occupied 
by  Richard  Lillie.  After  her  death  these  properties  and  a  tenement  to  go  to 
daughter,  Frances  Feilde,  or  if  she  die  without  heirs,  to  brother  William,  to  whom 
he  leaves  two  tenements  in  Great  Horton,  one  of  which  is  in  the  occupation  of 
Percival  Feild.  His  father,  John  Feilde,  is  one  ot  his  executors.  The  writer  is 
unable  with  certainty  to  connect  this  Thomas  with  the  pedigree,  but  thinks  it  is  not 
impossible  that  his  brother  William  was  the  father  of  the  eleven  children,  of  whom 
Edward  is  the  first  named.  The  "widow  Feilde,  ot  Shipley,"  who  was  buried  at 
Bradford,  Oct.  28,  1599,  was,  he  supposes,  wife  ot  Thomas. 

71.     i.         FRANCES,  b. .      She  was  the  only  child  named  in  her  father's. 

will,  joined  by  her  husband — Thomas  Green,  of  York — conveyed 
Shipley  to  her  cousins,  George,  Edward  and  Robert  Feild. 

45.  WILLIAM  FEILD  (John,  John,  William,  Thomas,  Thomas,  John, 
Thomas,  Roger),  b.  probably  in  Bradford,  Parish  of  Horton,  England;  m.  Jenet 
.      She  d.  June  14,   1612.      He  was  named  in  the  will  of  his  brother,  Thomas. 


















Obtained  a  grant  of  land  in  Horton  in  1590  from  John  de  Lacy,  Lord  of  Horton. 
His  will  is  dated  March  3,  1598-9,  and  was  proved  July  4,  1599.  Buried  at  Bradford, 
May  23,  1599.  Jenet  was  named  in  her  husband's  will.  She  was  buried  in  Brad- 
ford church  June  14,  161 2. 

William  Feild,  of  Great  Horton,  made  his  will  March  3,  1598-9.  a°^  names  in 
it  his  wife,  Jenet,  and  "younger  children,"  Frances.  Marie,  Alice  and  Thomas, 
each  of  whom  was  to  receive  successively  the  rents  of  his  lands  on  Bradfordshire 
until  they  had  got  their  respective  portions.  There  was  an  elder  child,  John,  as 
shown  hereafter,  and  perhaps  others.  His  burial  is  entered  as  follows  in  the  Brad- 
ford church  registers:  "1599,  May  23rd,  William  Feilde  of  Horton."  There  is  a 
later  entry  on  June  14,  1512,  of  the  burial  of  "widow  Feild  of  Horton  in  ths 
church,"  which  probably  refers  to  his  wife.  This  William  may  have  been  the 
brother  of  that  name  whom  Thomas  Feilde  refers  to  in  his  will  in  1572-3  ;  although 
it  is  strange,  in  that  case,  that  the  former  should  have  named  but  three  of  the  eleven 
children  at  the  beginning  of  the  pedigree,  when  he  executed  a  similar  document  in 
1598-9;  but  it  must  not  be  overlooked  that  these  three,  Marie,  Alice  and  Thomas, 
are  mentioned  both  at  the  head  of  the  pedigree  and  in  William's  will.  We  find  a 
reference  to  the  last  named  a  little  later.  On  September  2d,  forty-third  Elizabeth 
(1601),  an  inquisition  post  mortem  was  held  at  Shipton  after  the  death  of  William 
Feilde,  of  Great  Horton,  yeoman,  who  died  May  23d,  forty-first  Elizabeth  (1599)- 
It  was  found  that  he  has  houses  and  lands  in  Great  Horton  and  in  Bradford,  and 
that  his  son,  John,  aged  fifty  years  and  more,  was  his  heir.  He  d.  May,  1599. 
Res.  Great  Horton,  Parish  of  Bradford,  England. 

GEORGE,  b.  1543;  m.  Isabel  Mortimer. 

JOHN,  b.  1551;  m.  Anne . 

ROBERT,  b. .      He  res.  in  Shipley;  was  a  clothier;  d.  unm. ; 

will  dated  Nov.  5,  1599;  proved  Dec.  18,  1599;  buried  at  Bradford, 
Nov.  12,  1599.  Inquisition  post  mortem  March  27,  forty-second 
Elizabeth.  He  names  in  his  will  his  brothers,  George,  Edward, 
John  and  William ;  and  his  sisters,  Elizabeth,  Alice,  Anne,  Susan, 
Sybil,  Mary  and  Isabel;  also  Jane,  daughter  of  brother  William, 
and  John  and  Alice,  children  of  brother  Thomas.  He  was  a  ten- 
ant of  the  Queen  in  capite. 

EDWARD,  b. ;  m.  Jenet  Thornton. 

WILLIAM,  b. . 

THOMAS,  b. ;  m.  Sybil  Rode,  Mary  Mortimer  and  Susan  Bair- 


FRANCES,  b. :  named  in  her  father's  will. 

MARY,  b.  ;  named  in  her  brother  Robert's  will. 

ALICE,  b.  :  named  in  her  brother  Robert's  will. 

ANN,  b. ;  named  in  pedigree  in  Herald's  College. 

ELIZABETH,  b. ;  named  in  pedigree  in  Herald's  College. 

SUSAN,  b.  ;  named  in  pedigree  in  Herald's  College. 

SYBIL,  b. ;  named  in  brother  Robert's  will. 

ISABEL,  b. ;  named  in  brother  Robert's  will. 

46.  EDWARD  FELDE  (Christopher,  John,  Christopher,  John,  Richard, 
Thomas,  Adam,  Richard,  Roger),  bap.  Sowerby,  England,  in  1541;  m.  1560,  Isabella 
Greenwood.  Edward  Felde  paid  heriot  in  1554  on  two  parts  of  the  four  and  one- 
half  acres  after  the  decease  of  Grace,  his  mother,  and  after  the  decease  of  Christo- 
pher, his  father.  In  1597  there  is  an  entry  on  the  rolls  of  the  surrender  by  Edward 
Feld  de  Sowerby  of  land  there  to  Michael,  his  son.     Res.  Sowerby,  England. 











































EDWARD,  bap.  1560;  m. . 

MICHAEL,  bap.  ;  m.  Susan  Crabtree. 

ALICE,  bap.   1566. 

SUSAN,  bap.  1568. 

ABRAHAM,  bap.   1572. 

ROSAMOND,  bap.  1574. 

SAMUEL,  bap.  1576. 
52.  WILLIAM  FIELD  (Christopher,  John,  Christopher,  John,  Richard, 
Thomas,  Adam,  Richard,  Roger),  bap.  Halifax  Parish,  Sowerby,  England.  i549; 
m.  June  i,  1591,  Susan  Midgley,  of  Northowram.  She  d.  March  6,  1623.  He  d. 
July  24,  1 619.  Res.  Sowerby  and  Northowram,  England.  He  was  baptized  in 
Halifax  parish,  Sowerby,  England,  and  married  in  Halifax  church,  as  is  recorded 
in  its  registers.  His  wife,  Susan  Midgley,  was  baptized  there  in  1574,  when  she 
is  called  daughter  ot  John  Midgley,  of  Northowram.  She  belonged  to  an  old 
family  of  that  neighborhood — the  Midgleys,  of  Midgley — whose  arms  sable,  two 
bars  gemelle  or,  on  a  chief  of  the  second  three  caltrops  of  the  first,  were  painted 
on  the  roof  ot  Halifax  church,  together  with  those  of  the  principal  families  who 
attended  service  there.  The  residents  of  Sowerby  worshiped  at  their  own  chapel. 
William  Field  removed  from  Sowerby  to  Southowram  within  a  year  or  two  of 
1593,  and  we  find  a  confirmation  of  this  in  the  Wakefield  rolls  which  show  that 
Grace,  daughter  of  Richard  Barestow,  surrendered  in  1594  lands  in  Northowram 
to. William  Feild  ot  Southowram.  This  deed  is  also  mentioned,  under  the  same 
year,  in  the  dockets  at  Wakefield.  Shortly  after  purchasing  this  property,  in 
Northowram,  which  was  the  home  of  his  wife's  family,  he  removed  there,  and 
passed  the  remainder  of  his  days  there.  There  is  a  survey  of  this  neighborhood 
among  the  Duchy  of  Lancaster  court  rolls,  made  April  20,  1607,  in  which  it  is 
stated  that  William  Feilde  doth  hold  by  copy  ot  his  majesty  a  message  called 
Causeye.  This  was  a  road  or  footpath  raised  above  the  surrounding  land,  usually 
passing  over  a  morass,  or  damp  ground.  A  small  hamlet  in  Northowram  is  called 
Causeway  End  at  the  present  day.  Besides  this  causeway  he  held  three  acres  of 
land  whereof  half  an  acre,  used  as  pasture,  and  one  and  one-half  acres,  used  as 
arable.  Also  the  same  William  Fielde  holdeth  of  his  majesty  by  deed  from  my 
Lord  of  Leicester  one  acre  and  half  a  rod.  According  to  the  Wakefield  rolls 
William  Field,  of  Northowram,  paid  his  fine  in  1610  for  one  tenement,  called 
Cawsey,  with  all  his  coppiehold  lands,  and  in  the  same  year  he  took  of  the  lord 
four  acres  waste  at  Blackyers.  In  1616  he  was  juror  at  Brighouse  court,  and  in 
161 8  he  is  referred  to  as  a  sub-tenant  of  William  Sympson.  In  his  last  year 
William  Field,  Senior  de  le  Cawsey  surrenders  lands  after  his  decease  to  William, 
his  son  and  heir.  In  1619  William  Feild.  of  Northowram,  clothier,  surrenders 
Horwithins  to  use  of  Joseph,  his  son.  On  July  15,  1619,  he  made  his  will, 
which  is  in  the  registry  at  York,  and  died  soon  af(-er,  as  it  was  proved  on  the  loth 
of  November  following: 

Will  of  William  Field,  of  Northowram. — In  the  name  of  God  amen,  I 
Willm  Feild  of  Northourome  in  the  Countie  of  York  clothier  thoughe  sicke  and 
weake  in  bodie  yet  of  whole  mind  and  of  sound  and  pfect  memorie  praysed  be  God 
for  the  same.  Do  this  fifteenth  day  of  Julie  in  the  yeare  of  our  Lord  God  1619  make 
ordeyne  and  declare  this  my  psent  Testament  conteyninge  therein  my  whole  and 
last  will  in  mannr  and  forme  followinge  towitt. 

First  and  principally  I  comitt  and  comend  my  soul  unto  the  mercif  ull  goodness 
of  Almightie  God  my  Creator  beseaching  his  goodness  to  pardon  all  my  offences  in 
by  and  throughe  the  meritts  death  and  obedience  of  Jesus  Christ  his  onely  sonn  my 
onely  Saviour  and  Redemer  for  in  and  by  his  meritts  is  my  only  hope  of  Salvacon. 



And  my  bodie  I  willingly  yield  to  the  Earthe  to  be  buried  in  such  place  of 
Xstiau  burial  as  it  shall  please  God  my  endinge  to  be.  And  as  consigne  my  worldly 
goods  whereof  I  am  posessed  my  wille  and  minde  that  the  churche  have  right 
duties  thereof.  And  such  debts  as  I  owe  in  right  and  conscience  to  any  psone  or 
psons  be  first  answered  and  paid  out  of  the  same. 

Also  I  give  and  bequeath  to  Susan  my  wiffe  all  such  interest  right  and  title 
and  term  of  years  as  I  have  yet  to  come  and  expend  in  one  Tente  nowe  in  the  term 
of  occupation  of  me  the  said  Wm  Feild  late  of  the  Lands  of  one  I  Bothomley,  also 
my  will  and  minde  is  that  all  the  Legacies  wch  1  owe  to  all  or  any  of  my  children 
be  paid  out  of  my  whole  goods  to  witt  to  my  daughter  Jane  tenne  pounds  to  Joseph 
Feild  my  s©n  tenne  pounds  to  Susan  Tenne  pounds  and  to  Isabell  and  Robert 
one  bond  of  thirtie  pounds  already  taken  to  theire  use.  Item  I  give  and  bequeath 
to  Robert  Rawson  my  sonne  in  law  Five  shillings.  All  the  residue  of  my  goods, 
cattells,  credits  and  debts  not  before  given  or  bequeathed  I  give  and  bequeath  to 
George  Feild,  Jane  Feild,  Susan,  Robt  and  Isabell  Feild  equally  to  be  divided 
amongst  them.  Also  I  comit  the  custodie  and  tuicon  of  Robert  Feild  and  Isabell 
Feild  and  of  theire  porcons  to  my  brother  Edward  Feild  duringe  and  until  they  come 
to  and  accomplishe  their  several  ages  of  Twentie  and  one  years. 

And  I  name  ordeyne  and  appoint  the  said  Edward  Feild  my  brother  Executor 
of  this  my  Last  will  and  Testament  praying  him  to  be  agdinge  and  assistinge  to  my 
wiffe  and  childien  as  my  hope  and  trust  is  in  him. 

In  witness  whereof  to  this  my  psent  Last  will  and  Testament  1  putt  my  hand 
and  seale  and  publishe  and  declare  it  to  be  my  will  in  the  psence  of  these  whose 
names  are  subscribed. 

Proved  loth  Novr  1619 

Susan,  the  widow  of  William  Feild,  did  not  long  survive  her  husband.  Her 
will  is  also  recorded  at  York,  dated  Feb.  24,  1622-3,  and  was  proved  14th  of  May 
following.  She  describes  herself  in  it  as  of  Black  Carre  or  Carr:  this  is  an  old 
Yorkshire  word,  signifying  morass  or  swamp.  Blacker,  in  Northowram,  is  men- 
tioned as  far  back  as  1300. 

Will  of  Susan  Feild,  of  Northowram. — In  the  name  of  God  Amen.  The 
four  and  twentieth  day  of  February  in  the  twentieth  year  of  the  Reigne  of  our  Sov- 
ereinge  Lord  James  by  the  grace  of  God  Kinge  of  England  France  and  Ireland. 
Defender  of  the  faith  &c. 

And  of  Scotland  the  six  and  Fiftieth  and  in  the  yeare  of  or  Lord  according  to 
the  computation  of  the  Church  of  England  of  1622.  I  Susan  Feild  of  Black  Carre 
wthin  the  Dioces  of  Yorke  widowe  late  wife  of  Willm  Feild  late  of  Northourome 
deceased  being  sicke  in  bodie  but  of  good  and  pfect  memory  tor  wch  I  praise 
Almightie  God  doe  make  and  ordeigne  this  my  Last  will  and  Testament  in  manner 
and  forme  followinge.  And  first  I  give  and  comend  my  soule  unto  the  hands  of 
Almighty  God  assuredly  believinge  to  have  free  remission  of  all  my  sinnes  and 
everlasting  life  amongst  the  blessed  Sts  in  the  Kingdome  of  heaven  through  the 
meritts  and  passion  of  my  alone  Savior  and  Redemer  Jesus  Christ.  And  I  comitte 
my  body  to  the  earth  to  be  buried  at  the  discretion  of  my  Executrs  hereafter  named. 
And  as  touchinge  the  disposition  of  my  worldly  goods  First  my  will  and  minde  is 
that  my  debts  and  funeral  expenses  beinge  discharged)  I  do  hereby  give  devise  and 
bequeath  unto  Willm  t  eild  my  oldest  sonne  the  somme  of  twelve  pounds  of  Lawful 
money  of  England  and  unto  Alice  my  daughter  now  wife  of  Robt  Rawson  of  Wrose 
the  some  of  five  shillings  of  Like  Lawful  money  of  England  and  no  more  nor  other 
Legacies  in  regard  the  said  Willm  and  Alice  are  already  sufficiently  p'vided  for  and 
p'ferred  by  my  said  late  husband  deceased  their  late  father. 

Item  I  do  hereby  give  devise  and  bequeath  unto  George  Feild  my  sonne  the 


some  ot  Twelve  pounds  of  lawful  money  of  England  to  be  paid  unto  him  in  twelve 
years  to  witt  yearly  and  evri  yeare  the  some  of  Twenty  shillings  duringe  the  terme 
of  Twelve  years  at  the  feast  of  St  Michaell  The  arch  Angell,  and  the  first  paymt 
thereof  to  beginne  at  the  feast  of  St  Michael  th'  arch  Angell  wch  shall  fall  next 
after  that  Joseph  Feild  my  sonne  shall  have  accomplished  his  full  age  of  Twenty 
one  years  and  the  same  paymts  to  be  made  by  my  Executors  hereafter  named. 

Item  my  further  will  and  mind  is  and  I'do  hereby  give  devise  and  bequeath  all 
the  residue  of  my  goods  chattells  and  debts  unto  the  said  Joseph  Feilde  my  sonne 
and  unto  Robert  Feilde  my  sonne  and  Jane  now  wife  of  John  Mitchell,  Susan  Feild 
and  Isabell  Feild,  my  three  daughters  to  be  equally  divided  amongst  them. 

And  I  do  hereby  make  and  ordeyne  the  said  John  Mitchell  and  Joseph  Feild 
Executors  of  this  my  last  will  and  Testament.  In  witness  whereof  I  the  said  Susan 
Feild  the  Testatrix  have  hereunto  sett  my  hand  and  sealle  the  day  and  yeare  above 
said.     These  beinge  witnesses 

J  Midgley 

Jonas  Mitchell 

Mathew  Mitchell 

As  is  stated  in  his  will,  William  was  a  clothier.  This  word  may  have  two  mean- 
ings— a  manufacturer  ot  cloth  or  a  cloth  merchant.  "William  Field's  calling  must 
have  been  the  latter.  Henry  VII.  brought  Flemish  cloth  weavers  to  England  and 
settled  some  of  them  at  Wakefield.  This  industry  soon  became  the  chief  one  of 
the  neighborhood,  and  has  continued  so  to  the  present  day,  when  the  adjacent  town 
of  Leeds  is  the  largest  cloth  market  in  the  world.  At  the  period  we  are  writing 
of  and  even  within  the  recollection  of  living  men,  all  the  cloth  was  made  by  hand, 
and  in  the  cottages  of  the  weavers.  When  a  piece  was  finished  it  was  taken  to  the 
merchant,  or  sold  to  him  at  a  market  where  makers  and  buyers  met.  The  mer- 
chant distributed  the  goods  acquired  in  this  way  to  his  customers  at  home  and 
abroad,  and  such  was  the  high  reputation  of  the  cloths  made  in  the  neighborhood  of 
Wakefield  that  they  found  their  way,  at  this  early  date,  to  all  parts  of  the  civilized 
world.  Great  changes  have  taken  place  at  Wakefield,  and  in  that  vicinity  since 
that  day.  Now  large  mills  dot  the  banks  ot  the  Calder,  the  machinery  in  which  is 
driven  by  steam  or  water  power  and  often  both. 

The  old  village  of  Sowerby  and  the  Field  house  stand  on  the  hillside,  and  at 
some  distance  from  the  river,  and  are  consequently  less  aflfected  by  the  change  than 
if  they  were  nearer  to  it. 

i.         WILLIAM,  bap.  Aug.  8,  1591;  m.  Susanna  Longbothome. 

ii.        ALICE,  bap.   Aug.   8,  1593;  m.,  Nov.  11,  1611,  Robert  Rawson,  ot 

Calverley  and  Wrose. 
iii.        JANE,  bap.  Nov.  23,  1595;  m.,  June  10,    1622.   John  Mitchell,  of 

Thornton;  named  in  both  father's  and  mother's  wills, 
iv.       GEORGE,  bap.   Aug.   20,    1598.     He  is  named  in  both  his  father's 

and  mother's  wills. 
V.         SUSAN,  bap.  March  15,  1601 ;  m.   Dec.  4,  1638.  Samuel  Holdsworth. 
vi.       JOSEPH,  bap.  June  19,  1603;  m.  Oct.  25,  1624,  Elizabeth   Nichol- 

oson,  of  Northowram. 
vii.      ROBERT,  bap.  May  9,  1605 ;  m.  Ruth  Fairbank,  Elizabeth  Taylor 

and  Charity . 

viii.     ISABEL,  bap.  March  26,  1609;  named  in  both  tather's  and  mother's 

ix.       ROBERT,  bap.  Aug.  29,  1602 ;  d.  in  infancy. 


53.     JOHN  FELD  (James.  John,  Christopher,  John,  Richard,  Thomas,  Adam, 

Richard,  Roger),  b.  Sowerby,  England;  m. .      As  will  be  seen  hereafter 

Christophei  Feld  did  not  marry  until  atter  the  date  of  his  surrender.  His  brother 
John  was  probably  dead  at  the  time,  and  without  issue,  and  perhaps  also  his  sup- 
posed brother  James  was  no  longer  living,  in  which  care  the  latter's  son  John,  pre- 
sumably the  eldest,  was  then  the  natural  heir  of  Christopher.  This  John  is  again 
named  in  1532  and  1534,  and  at  the  last  date,  when  he  is  described  as  the  son  of 
James  he  cedes  a  portion  ot  his  rent  from  the  twenty-three  and  one-halt  acres  to 
the  use  of  Edward  Farrow.     Res.  Sowerby,  England. 

56.  ROBERT  FIELD  (Robert,  John,   Christopher,   John,    Richard,  Thomas, 

Adam,  Richard,  Roger),  b. .      It  is  uncertain  if  the  Robert  Field,  who  made 

his  will  in  1558.  is  the  one  assessed  at  the  same  time  as  William  or  not.  He  de- 
scribes himself  as  of  Crofton.  There  are  bequests  in  it  to  my  brother  Charles,  and 
to  Robert  and  Alice  Field,  and  their  children,  Robert  and  Alice.  As  the  testator 
had  a  brother  Christopher,  he  may  have  been  a  son  of  William,  although,  in  that 
case,  not  named  in  his  father's  will  of  1529-30.  He  d.  about  1558.  Res.  Crofton, 

102.  i.         ROBERT,  b. . 

103.  ii.        ALICE,  b.  . 

57.  WILLIAM  FELD  (Robert,  John,  Christopher,  John,   Richard,  Thomas, 

Adam,   Richard,   Roger),  b. ;  m. .      On  the  27th  of  February, 

1529-30,  "William  Feld,  of  Crofton"  (whom  the  author  takes  to  be  the  person 
assessed  in  1523-4),  made  his  will,  in  which  he  speaks  of  his  wife,  his  daughter, 
Margaret,  and  his  son,  Christopher,  whom  he  appoints  executor.  He  d.  about  1530. 
Res.  Crofton,  England. 

104.  i.         MARGARET,  b.  . 

105.  ii.        CHRISTOPHER,  b. ;  m. . 

60.     CHRISTOPHER    FELD    (Robert.    John.   Christopher.   John.   Richard, 

Thomas.  Adam,  Richard,  Roger),  b. ;  m.  Elizabeth  .     He  d.  Nov.  30. 

1557-8.     Res.  Wakefield,  England. 

Two  Christopher  Fields  witnessed  this  will  of '  'Christopher  Rishworthe,  of  Crof- 
ton, gentlemen,"  in  1538 — one  describing  himself  as  "husbandman."  and  the 
other  as  "wardroper."  The  wills  of  these  two  witnesses — referred  to  later — can 
be  identified.  The  writer  supposes  that  all  the  following  entries  in  the  manor  rolls 
refer  to  Christopher,  the  "wardroper." 

In  1 54 1  he  surrendered  lands  in  Wakefield  graveship  and  manor  to  Elizabeth, 
his  wife. 

In  1544  he  is  spoken  of  as  "Christopher  Feld,  of  Sandall,  merchant,"  and  in  1547, 
under  the  head  of  this  place,  it  is  stated  that  he  was  elected  greave  for  lands  for- 
merly Thomas  Shey's.  This  entry  occurs  in  1552;  "Robert  Copley  redd,  lands  to 
Christopher  Feld,  Sandall."  His  will  is  dated  July  8,  1557,  and  was  proved  Decem- 
ber i8th  of  the  same  year.  He  describes  himself  as  "Christopher  Feld,  of  Wake- 
field,* mercer,"  and  desires  to  be  buried  in  the  church  of  Wakefield,  near  his  wife. 
Redirects  his  executors  "to  cause  a  troughe  stone  with  a  remembrance  of  himself 
wife  and  children  in  pictures  of  brass  to  be  set  upon  and  laid  upon  the  grave"  as 
soon  after  his  burial  as  convenient  There  are  legacies  to  his  brother  Nicholas 
Feild,  if  he  is  living,  to  his  son  Christopher  Feild,  and  to  Percival  Feild.  to  daugh- 
ter Elizabeth,  wife  of  Henry  Watkinson,  to  daughter  Katherine,  wife  of  Richard 
Atkinson,   to  Anne  Browne,   daughter  of  said  Katherine,  to  every  one  ot  the  chil- 

♦Probably  his  place  of  business  was  at  Wakefield,  and  his  residence  at  Sandall,  or  Crofton. 









dren  of  the  said  Elizabeth  Watkinson,  to  Roger  and  Nicholas  Jewett,  his  sister's 
children,  to  his  son  Matthew's  wite  and  others.  The  residue  is  left  to  Matthew 
Feild,  his  son  and  heir,  whom  he  appoints  executor,  together  with  testator's 
brother  William  and  others.  The  Rev.  J.  L.  Sisson,  in  his  "Historical  Sketch  of 
Wakefield  Church,"  published  in  1824,  speaks  of  the  monuments  formerly  in  this 
edifice,  and  gives  the  following  inscription  on  that  of  Christopher  Feild,  which  stood 
in  the  north  aisle.  "Here  under  this  stone  lyeth  buried  the  bodies  of  Christopher 
Fylde  mercer  and  Eliz.  his  wyfe  which  Christopher  deceased  the  30th  day  of 
November  in  the  year  ot  our  Lord  God*  1558.     On  whose  soul  Jesus  have  mercy." 

CHRISTOPHER,  b. ;  m. . 

PERCIVAL,  b. . 

ELIZABETH,  b.  ;  m.  Henry  Watkinson. 

KATHERINE,  b. ;  m.  Richard  Atkinson.     Had  a  dau.  Anne. 

who  m. Browne. 

no.     V.         MATTHEW,  b. ;  m,  Elizabeth  Meredith. 

63.  JOHN  FIELD  (John,  Richard.  William.  William,  Thomas,  Thomas,  John, 

Thomas,  Roger),  b.  Ardsley,  England,  about  156S;  m. .      He  was  born  in 

Ardsley,  but  evidently  moved  away  before  reaching  his  majority,  for  he  was  not 
mentioned  in  his  father's  will.  Osgood  Field  is  of  the  opinion  that  he  died  young, 
as  he  was  not  mentioned  in  the  wills  of  his  father  or  mother.  Res.  Ardsley, 

III.     i.         JOHN,  b.  about  1590;  m. . 

^     112.     ii.        ZACHARIAH,  b.  about  1596;  m.  Mary . 

112;^.  iii.       OTHER  children. 

64.  LORD  MATTHEW  FIELD  (John,  Richard,  William,  William,  Thomas, 

Thomas,  John,  Thomas,  Roger),  b.  East  Ardsley,  England,  1563;  m.  Margaret . 

She  d.  June  14,  1632. 

Matthew  Field  was  the  second  son  and  heir  of  Sir  John,  the  astronomer.  He 
married  at  Ardsley.  In  the  Wakefield  manor  rolls  there  is  an  entry  in  1596  of  an 
indenture  by  which  William  Hall,  ot  Settle,  and  Elizabeth,  his  wife,  cousin  and  heir 
of  Matthew  Feilde.  of  London,  deceased,  surrender  a  house  in  Wakefield  and  lands 
in  Wenthrope  to  Matthew  Feilde,  of  Ardislowe,  gentleman,  and  Matthew  Watkin- 
son, of  same  place.  This  document  serves  to  show  the  relationship  between  the 
branch  of  the  family  seated  at  Ardsley,  and  that  residing  at  Sandall  or  Crofton. 
In  1601  William  Walkhead,  of  Woodhouse,  bequeathes  to  Mr.  Matthew  Field,  of 
Ardsley,  an  old  angel  to  make  a  gold  ring.  This  angel  was  a  gold  coin,  so  called, 
because  it  bore  an  image  of  St.  Michael  and  the  dragon.  His  name  occurs  in  the 
wills  of  three  inhabitants  of  Ardsley,  dated  respectively,  1607,  1608  and  1609.  He 
bought  the  manor  of  Thurnscoe  from  the  co-heirs  of  Sir  John,  constable,  in,  or  prior 
to  1 6 14,  and  about  the  same  time — conjointly  with  his  brother  William — the  fourth 
part  of  the  manor  of  Idle  of  Sir  John  Savile.  On  July  6,  1617,  together  with  James 
Field,  gentleman,  his  son  and  heir  apparent,  he  gave  a  bond  to  Richard  Water- 
house,  of  Clayton,  in  Bradford,  for  the  fulfillment  of  certain  covenants.  He  was 
one  of  the  collectors  of  the  subsidy  tor  the  West  Riding  ot  Yorkshire,  in  1623.  The 
marriages  and  burials  in  the  parish  registers  in  East  Ardsley  do  not  commence  till 
1654,  and  the  baptisms  till  1662,  but  tolerably  perfect  copies  exist  of  the  earlier 
years  in  the  Archbishop's  registry  at  York. 

On  Sept.  9,  163 1,  an  inquisition  post  mortem  was  held  at  Doncaster,  relative  to 

*The  author  cannot  explain  the  slight  discrepancy  in  the  dates  of  this  monument  and  of  the 
will.  It  may  arise  from  an  error  in  copying  from  the  reg'istry  at  York,  the  year  when  the  will 
was  proved,  or  be  a  mistake  of  the  person  who  wrote  the  inscription. 


















his  estate  at  Thurnscoe,  from  which  it  appears  that  he  died  possessed  ot  the  manor 
and  of  a  mansion,  called  Thurnscoe  Grange;  also,  that  on  April  5,  1631,  Henry 
Shaw,  Gervase  Smith  and  William  Forman,  who  had  married  the  daughters  ot  the 
atoresaid  Matthew,  relinquished  all  right  they  might  have  to  the  manor  ot  Thurns- 
coe to  James  Feild,  eldest  son  and  heir  ot  Matthew  Feild,  then  aged  forty  years. 
1'  Matthew  Feild,  ot  East  Ardsley,  named  in  his  mother's  will.  Letters  of  ad- 
ministration on  his  estate  granted  to  his  son,  Matthew,  Aug.  4,  1631 ;  died  June  2, 
1631 ;  inquisition  post  mortem  held  Sept.  9,  1631.  He  was  Lord  of  the  manor  ot 
Thurnscoe.     He  d.  June  2.  1631.     Res.  East  Ardsley,  England. 

JAMES,  b.  1591;  m.  Margaret . 

MATTHEW,  bap.  April  3,  1602;  d.  Dec.  30,  1602. 

MATTHEW,  bap.  March  12,  1608;  m.  Margaret  Feild. 

WILLIAM,  b. ;  co-executor  of  his  brother  Matthew's  will. 

JOHN,  bap.  June  27,  1610;  co-executor  of  his  brother   Matthew's 

JUDITH,  bap.  March  25,  1604;  m.  Henry  Shaw. 

JANE.  b. ;  m.  Gervais  Smith. 

ANNE,   b. ;  m.    Oct.    27,    1627,    William     Forman,    ot    East 


67.  WILLIAM  FEILD  (John,  Richard.  William,  William,  Thomas,  Thomas, 
John,  Thomas,  Roger),  b.  probably  in  Ardsley,  England;  m.  Mrs.  Jane  (Sotwell) 
Burdett.  William  Feild,  executor  of  his  mother's  will.  He  married  Jane,  dau.  of 
Rev.  John  Sotwell,  and  widow  of  George  Burdett,  of  Carhead,  then  described  of 
Thurnscoe.  Rev.  John  was  vicar  of  Peniston.  Mrs.  Jane  Feild  was  buried  Oct. 
21,  1623,  in  the  parish  of  Silkstone.     He  d.  in  1623.     Res.  Thurnscoe,  England. 

121.  i.  JOHN,  b. ;  m. . 

122.  ii.        WILLIAM,  b. :  m.  Deborah . 

123.  iii.       THOMAS,  b. ;  m. . 

124.  iv.       JAMES,  b.  ;  m. ;  res.  St.  Albans.  Hertfordshire,  England. 

72.  GEORGE  FEILD  (William,  John,  John,  William,  Thomas.  Thomas,  John, 
Thomas,  Roger),  b.  probably  in  Great  Horton,  parish  of  Bradford,  England,  in  1543; 
m.,  in  Bradford,  Aug.  7,  1599,  Isabel  Mortimer.  He  was  co-executor  of  his  brother 
Robert's  will  in  1590,  then  aged  forty-seven  and  his  heir,  held  lands  of  the  King 
in  capite.  Was  buried  in  Bradford,  March  12,  1627  his  widow  was  named  in  the 
will  of  her  brother-in-law,  Robert  Feild,  buried  Dec.  g,  1641,  in  Bradford  church. 
He  d.  March,  1627.     Res.  Shiple5%  Bradford,  England. 

124^.  i.  GEORGE,  bap.  in  Bradford,  Nov.  28,  1602.  Res.  Shipley.  Heir 
of  his  father,  as  per  inquisition  April  3,  1628;  m.  1629,  Mary 
Akead.     He  was  buried  at  Bradford,  Oct.  23,  1647. 

73.  JOHN  FEILD  (William,  John,  John,  William,  Thomas,  Thomas.  John, 
Thomas,  Roger),  b.  prob.  Great  Horton,  parish  ot  Bradford,  England,  about  1551; 

m.  Anne .     He  was  named  in  his  brother  Robert's  will,  heir  to  his  father  as 

per  inq.  on  latter.  Sept.  2,  1601,  then  aged  50  yrs.  and  more,  buried  in  Bradford 
church  July  16,  1615.  She  was  named  in  her  brother-in-law  Robert's  will ;  buried 
at  Bradford  Dec.  12,  1613.     He  d.  July,  1615;  res.  Horton,  England. 

125.  i.         He  probably  left  issue. 

75.  EDWARD  FEILD  (William,  John,  John,  William,  Thomas,  Thomas, 
John,  Thomas,  Roger),  b.  prob.  in'  Great  Horton,  parish  ot  Bradford,  England; 
m.  in  Bradtord,  Aug.  7,  1599,  Janet  Thornton.  Edward  Feild  held  lands  of  the 
King  in  capite,  of  Horton  in  1599,  ^.nd  of  Shipley  in  1615 ;  co-executor  of  his  brother 


Robert's  will,  and  executor  ot  his  brother  William.  Died  April  6,  1641 ;  buried  at 
Bradford,  April  15,  1641;  inq.  p.  m.  Aug.  23,  1641.  She  was  buried  in  Bradford 
church  May  9,  1643.  This  pedigree  is  recorded  in  the  Herald's  College  to  which 
the  writer  has  occasionally  added  remarks-  It  commences  with  Edward  Feild,  ot 
Horton,  1595  and  1601,  after  of  Shipley,  1615.  Died  April  6th,  seventeenth  Charles  I. 
(1641);  buried  at  Bradtord  15th  ot  same  month;  inquisition  post  mortem  Aug.  23d 
following.     He  d.  April  6,  1641 ;  res.  Horton  (in  1599)  and  Shipley  (in  1615),  England. 

126.  i.         JOSEPH,  bap.  Aug.  23,  1601 ;  m,  Mary  Rawson. 

77.  THOMAS  FEILD  (William,  John.  John,  William,  Thomas,  Thomas, 
John,  Thomas,  Roger),  b.  prob.  Great  Horton,  parish  of  Bradford,  England ;  m.  at 
Bradford,  Oct.  25,  1596,  Sybil  Rode,  named  in  the  will  of  her  brother-in-law,  Robert 
Feild.  She  d.,  and  he  m.,  2d,  in  B.,  Dec.  29,  1612,  Mary  Mortimer.  She 
was  buried  in  B.,  March  10,  1616-7;  m.,  3d,  at  B,,  Jan.  12,  1618,  Susan  Bairstowe. 
Thomas  Feild,  the  youngest  son,  was  of  North  Ouram,  and  afterward  of 
Horton,  named  in  the  wills  of  his  father  and  brother  Robert;  d.  as  per  post  mor- 
tem inquisition  in  1623;  buried  in  Bradford  church,  July  28,  1623.  Among 
the  baptisms  at  Bradford,  are  those  of  the  following  children  of  Thomas  Feild,  of 
Horton ;  but  as  there  is  no  mention  of  them  in  the  pedigree,  the  writer  is  not  sure 
that  Thomas  and  Sybil  Feild  were  their  parents.  Frances,  bap.  1613;  William, 
1615;  Mary,  1616-17;  Thomas,  1619;  John,  1620-21;  and  Richard,  1623.  Other 
brothers  and  sisters  of  Edward  in  the  pedigree  are  William,  Anne,  Elizabeth, 
Susan,  Mary,  Alice,  Robert,  George  and  John.  He  d.  July  16,  1623;  res.  North 
Ouram  and  Horton,  England. 

127.  i.  JOHN,  bap.  Halifax,  Oct.  11,  1597. 
ALICE,  bap.  Halifax,  Dec.  27,  1598. 
JONAS,  bap.  Halifax,  Oct.  12,  1603. 
FRANCES,  bap.  Bradford,  Dec.  5,  1613. 
WILLIAM,  bap.  Bradford,  Aug.  27,  1615;  heir  to  his  father  as  per 

post  mortem  inquisition  held  at  Halifax,  1623;  then  aged  eight  yrs. 

and  two  mos. 
MARY,  bap.  Bradford,  Nov.  2,  1616. 
THOMAS,  bap.  Bradford,  Aug.  8,  1619. 
viii.    JOHN,  bap.  Bradford,  Feb.  i,  1620. 

RICHARD,  bap.  Bradtord,  June  15,  1623. 

86.  EDWARD  FELDE  (Edward,  Christopher,  John,  Christopher,  John,  Rich- 
ard. Thomas,  Adam,  Richard,  Roger),  bap.  Sowerby,  England,  1560;  m.  about 
1584 .     Res.  Sowerby  and  Wakefield,  England. 

136.  i.         WILLIAM,  b.  about  1585;  m.  Elizabeth . 

87.  MICHAEL  FEILD  (Edward,  Christopher,  John,  Christopher,  John,  Rich- 
ard, Thomas,  Adam,  Richard,  Roger),  bap.  Sowerby,  England;  ra.  at  Halifax, 
1600,  Susan  Crabtree ;  she  was  buried  at  Halifax  church,  1639.  His  father  surren- 
dered land  to  him  in  1597  and  called  him  Michael  his  son.  Took  up  the  waste  in 
Blackwood  more  in  1617.     She  was  dead  in  1650;  res.  Sowerby,  England. 

137.  i.  JOHN,  bap.  Halifax,  1601;  prob.  d.  young. 

138.  ii.        MICHAEL,   bap.    Halifax,  1607.     He  paid  heriot  in  1650  and  was 

then  called  son  and  heir  of  Michael  Feild  of  Blackwood. 

93.  WILLIAM  FIELD  (William,  Christopher,  John,  Christopher.  John,  Rich- 
ard, Thomas,  Adam,  Richard,  Roger),  bap.  Halifax  Parish,  Sowerby,  England, 
Aug.  8,  1591;  m.  1624,  Susanna  Longbothome.  William  Field  married  at  North- 
owram.     It  would  appear  from  an  entry  in  the  rolls  in  1627  that  he  married  Susanna 


























Longbothome.  It  reads  as  follows:  "Thomas  Longbothome  de  Northowram, 
yeoman,  held  lands  in  Earl  of  Leicester  and  Anna,  wite  of  Laurence  Whitacres. 
Susanna,  wife  of  William  Feild,  and  Sara,  wife  of  George  Fearnley,  are  his  three 
daughters  and  co-heiresses.  There  is  an  entry  in  the  Wakefield  rolls  in  1630  under 
Northowram  that  William  Feild  of  Cawsey,  surrenders  lands,  and  another  in  1632 
that  William  Feild  de  Blackmires  and  Susanna  his  wife  execute  a  quit  claim  to 
Robert  NichoUs  de  Horton  for  a  house  in  Northowram.  The  following,  in  1636, 
under  the  head  of  Hipperholme  graveship,  no  doubt,  refers  to  him:  "William 
Feild  died  since  last  court."  In  1639  Susanna  Feild,  widow,  of  Northowram,  sur- 
renders Leyclose  to  use  of  Matthew  Sowden,  and  she  is  again  mentioned  in  1640  as 
of  Blackmyers,  and  m  1646  as  of  Northowram.  He  was  dead  in  1636;  res.  North- 
owram, England. 

139.     i.         WILLIAM,  bap.  May  22,  1625;  in  1651  he  surrenders  four  acres  in 
Blackmire,  Northowram,  to  Jeremy  Bairstowe. 

ALICE,  bap.  July  8,  1627. 

THOMAS,  bap.  Nov.  15,  1629. 

JOHN,  bap.  1631. 

SARAH,  bap.  Sept.  14,  1634. 

98.  JOSEPH  FEILD  (William,  Christopher,  John,  Christopher,  John,  Richard, 
Thomas,  Adam,  Richard,  Roger),  bap.  Halifax,  England,  June  19,  1603;  m.  Oct. 
25,  1624,  at  Halifax,  Elizabeth  Nicholson  of  Northowram.  He  was  named  in  both 
his  father's  and  mother's  wills.     Res.  Halifax,  England. 

99.  ROBERT  FIELD  (William,  Christopher,  John,  Christopher,  John,  Rich- 
ard, Thomas,  Adam,  Richard,  Roger),  bap.  Halifax  Parish,  in  Sowerby,  Eng- 
land; March  9,  1605;  m.  in  Halifax,  Nov.  23,  1624.  Ruth  Fairbank  of  Hipperholme. 
She  d.  and  he  m.  2d  at  Bradford,  May  18,  1630,  Elizabeth  Taylor.     She  d.  and  he 

m,  3d,  Charity ,  who  was  living  as  his  widow  in  1673.  In  the  reign  of  Charles  L, 

in  consequence  of  civil  war  and  the  persecutions  of  Protestants,  during  the  interval 
between  A.  D.  1629  and  A.  D.  1640,  upward  of  twenty  thousand  liberty-loving 
Englishmen  emigrated  to,  and  found  homes,  in  the  then  new  world.  Among  them 
was  Robert  Field,  whose  name  we  find  first  recorded  in  America  at  Newport  and 
Portsmouth  A.  D.  1638,  then  co-operating  with  Roger  Williams  (who  was  banished 
A.  D.  1635,  and  who  founded  an  asylum  in  Rhode  Island),  in  forming  society 
and  establishing  civil  and  religious  liberty  A.  D.  1638-41.  Then,  during  an  interval 
of  three  years,  his  name  in  public  affairs  is  not  mentioned,  and  does  not  occur 
again  until  A.  D.  1644.  Robert  Field  is  at  that  time  reported  as  having  arrived 
from  England — he  with  his  family  probably  came  in  the  same  ship  with  Roger 
Williams,  who,  returning  the  second  time  to  America,  landed  at  Boston  in  that 
year.  He  then  settled  at  Flushing,  Long  Island,  A.  D.  1645,  and  became  the  an- 
cestor of  the  Fields  of  that  place.  He  had  a  son,  Anthony,  b.  in  England,  A.  D. 
1638.  He  d.  before  1673.  Res.  Halifax,  England;  Newport,  R.  I.  and  Bayside, 
Flushing,  Long  Island. 


Osgood  Field,  Esq. 

The  difficulty  in  the  majority  of  American  pedigrees,  which  attempt  to  trace 
back  the  family  beyond  the  Atlantic,  is  to  connect  the  emigrant  with  the  mother 
country  and  his  ancestors  there.  In  a  few  cases,  an  entry  in  some  colonial  record, 
a  reference  in  an  English  or  American  will,  a  remark  of  one  of  the  early  historians 
of  the  New  World,  a  letter  or  diary  of  the  time  still  preserved,  or  one  of  the  "passen- 
ger lists"  of  vessels  sailing  from  the  ports  of  London,  Southampton,  etc.,  for  New 


England  or  Virginia  (which  often  mentioned  the  old  home  of  the  emigrant),  estab- 
lished this  connection  beyond  question ;  but  these  instances  are  rare,  and  in  most 
cases  there  is  only  circumstantial  evidence,  more  or  less  convincing,  to  prove  it. 

It  is  well  known  to  those  who  are  familiar  with  the  law,  that  when  a  number  ot 
facts  all  point  to  one  result,  without  anything  contradictory  in  them,  the  thing  they 
indicate  is  often  considered  as  well  established,  and  many  have  suffered  the  penalty 
of  death,  on  such  evidence  alone.  The  true  genealogist,  who  reads  this  book,  will 
probably  ask,  "What  are  the  grounds  for  supposing  that  Robert  Field,  who  was  a 
patentee  of  F^lushing,  N.  Y.,  in  1645,  was  the  child  who  was  baptized  at  Halifax, 
England,  in  1605-6?"  These  reasons  the  writer  will  now  give,  and  he  doubts  not 
that  they  will  satisfy  the  most  critical. 

It  is  well  known  to  all  students  of  our  colonial  history,  that  emigration  to  New 
England  languished  for  ten  years  after  the  arrival  of  the  "Mayflower,"  and  until 
the  expedition  was  gotten  up  in  1630  by  John  Winthrop  and  Sir  Richard  Salton- 
stall.  which  embraced  some  1,500  souls,  who  were  transported  to  the  other  side  of 
the  Atlantic  in  seventeen  ships,  and  arrived  there  in  June  or  July  of  that  year.  All 
accounts  agree  that  the  friends  and  neighbors  of  the  two  leaders  of  the  expedition 
contributed  largely  to  swell  its  numbers.  In  the  eighth  of  Elizabeth  (1566)  the  Sal- 
tonstalls  acquired  by  purchase  a  mansion  called  Rookes  and  lands  at  Hipperholme, 
which  had  descended  to  Sir  Richard.  He  was  living  at  this  place,  which  adjoins 
Northowram,  in  1630.  Coley  Chapel  was  built  about  1500,  by  the  united  contribu- 
tions of  Hipperholme,  Northowram  and  Shelf,  and  the  inhabitants  of  these  three 
places  were  under  its  ministry.  It  follows  that  Sir  Richard  Saltonstall  and  Robert 
Feild  were  neighbors,  attending  the  same  religious  services,  and  probably  friends. 

The  latter  had  no  special  ties  in  England.  Both  of  his  parents  were  dead;  he 
was  a  younger  son  and  single.  He  was  twenty-four  years  old ;  an  age  when  the 
spirit  and  love  of  adventure  are  strong  in  us,  and  nothing  is  more  natural  than  that 
he  should  have  accompanied  Sir  Richard  to  New  England.  They  may  have  been 
connected;  as  Sir  Richard's  first  wife  was  Grace,  daughter  of  Robert  Kay,  Esq.,  of 
Woodsome,  whom  he  married  about  1609,  and  we  nave  seen  that  William  Field  of 
Newsome,  who  died  in  161 7,  had  a  daughter,  Rosamond,  wife  of  Godfrey  Key,  or 
Kay,  the  names  being  the  same.  The  writer  would  mention,  as  a  curious  fact,  that 
the  first  reference  to  a  Field,  who  was  beyond  all  question  of  the  same  family  as 
this  Robert,  occurs  in  the  Wakefield  Manor  rolls,  in  1306,  when  Richard  del  Feld 
sued  Robert  de  Salstonstall. 

The  early  English  settlements  on  Long  Island  were  largely  composed  of  emi- 
grants from  Yorkshire.  In  1665,  the  year  following  the  surrender  of  the  colony  by 
the  Dutch  to  the  English,  a  convention  was  held  at  Hempstead,  when  Long  Island 
and  Staten  Island  were  erected  into  a  shire,  and  called  after  that  in  England,  York- 
shire. Like  that,  too,  it  was  divided  into  a  North  Riding,  East  Riding  and  West 

Mr.  Charles  B.  Moore  says,  in  an  article  in  "The  New  York  Genealogical  and 
Biographical  Record,"  when  speaking  of  the  sixty-seven  proprietors  of  land  at 
Hempstead  in  1647,  that  the  European  ancestry  of  many  of  these  cannot  be  ascer- 
tained; but  that  "at  least  ten  of  these  men  can  be  traced  from  Yorkshire,  England. 
A  much  greater  number  doubtless  came  from  that  large  county.  So  many  came 
from  Yorkshire  that  the  settlement  was  characterised  as  a  Yorkshire  one." 

At  the  time  of  the  Winthrop  and  Saltonstall  expedition  the  Rev.  Richard  Den- 
ton had  been,  since  1623,  the  officiating  clergyman  of  Coley  Chapel.  In  1644  we 
find  him  among  the  first  settlers  of  Hempstead,  L.  I.  Thompson  says  of  him,  in 
his  " History  of  Long  Island:"  "It  is  quite  probable  that  many  of  those  who  ac- 
companied him  here  had  belonged  to  his  church  in  the  mother  country,  and  were 


determined  to  share  his  tortunes  in  a  new  region.      Many  of  these  emigrated  with 
him  to  Watertown,  Mass.,"  etc. 

Nor  was  Denton  the  only  one  of  his  old  friends  and  neighbors  whom  Robert 
Field  found  near  him  in  his  new  home  at  Flushing;  for  Matthew  Mitchell,  who  was 
one  of  the  witnesses  of  the  will  of  his  mother  Susan  in  1623,  was  also  among  the 
earliest  settlers  of  Hempstead  in  1644.  Thompson  says,  in  speaking  of  the  first 
white  inhabitants  of  this  place,  that  Ward,  Coe  and  Mitchell  were  commissioners 
for  Stamford.  The  Rev.  Mr.  Alvord  wrote  of  them  as  follows:  "They  were  among 
the  earliest  inhabitants  of  New  England,  coming,  as  we  have  seen,  through  Weath- 
ersiield  from  Watertown  in  Massachusetts,  and  from  that  noted  company  who  ar- 
rived with  John  Winthrop  and  Sir  Richard  Saltonstall. "  The  Fields  and  Mitchells 
were  connected  "by  marriage,  as  already  stated,  for  Robert's  aunt  Jane  was  married 
at  Halifax,  June  10,  1622,  to  John  "Michell,"of  Thornton.  This  couple  are  men- 
tioned in  the  will  of  his  mother,  Susan  Field,  where  the  name  is  correctly  spelt 

Among  other  early  settlers  in  New  England,  who  were  from  the  neighborhood 
of  Northowram,  and  who  were  connected  with  the  Fields  by  marriage,  were  the 
Bairstows — sometimes  spelt  Barstow,  Barrsto  or  Beresto — and  Jonathan  Fairbanks. 
Thomas  Feild  and  Susan  Bairstow  were  married  at  Bradford  on  Jan.  12,  1618-19. 
Bond  says,  in  his  "History  of  Watertown,"  that  four  brothers  of  the  name  of  Bar- 
stow,  or  Bairstow,  came  early  to  this  country;  viz.,  Michael  John,  George  and 
William.  In  the  passenger  list  of  the  "Freelove, "  sailing  for  New  England,  Sept. 
29,  1635,  are  the  names  of  William  Beresto,  aged  twenty-three,  and  George  Beresto, 
aged  twenty-one  years.  Savage  says  that  Michael  was  the  eldest  brother,  and  that 
he  joined  the  Church  Dec.  5,  1635.  He  adds:  "He  was  from  Shelf,  near  Halifax, 
Co.  York,  West  Riding."  Not  improbably  Michael  and  John  embarked  first  for 
the  New  World — perhaps  in  the  expedition  of  1630 — and  George  and  William 
followed  a  few  years  later. 

On  Nov.  23,  1624,  Robert  Field  and  Ruth  Fairbank,  of  Hipperholme,  were 
married  at  Halifax.  She  was,  without  doubt,  of  the  same  family  as  Jonathan  Fair- 
banks, of  Dedham,  who.  Savage  says,  came  to  New  England  before  1641  with  his 
wife  Grace  and  probably  all  of  his  six  children.  Savage  adds:  "He  probably  was 
from  the  West  Riding  of  Yorkshire,  as  the  will  of  his  uncle  George  calls  him  of 
Sowerby  in  that  part  of  England. ' ' 

The  Robert  Field  who  married  Ruth  Fairbank  was  baptized  at  Halifax,  Aug. 
29,  1602,  when  he  is  described  as  son  of  John  Feelde,  of  Northowram.  He  is  re- 
ferred to  in  the  Wakefield  Manor  rolls,  the  year  of  his  marriage  (1624),  as  holding 
lands  at  Hipperholme  under  Richard  Sunderland.  He  had  a  son,  John,  baptized  at 
Halifax,  Dec.  25,  1625,  who  was  buried  there  Jan.  16,  1625-26,  being  described  on 
both  occasions  as  "son  of  Robert  Feild  of  Hipperholme."  There  was  another  per- 
son of  the  same  name  as  the  settler  at  Flushing,  who  was  also  a  contemporary.  His 
name  occurs  in  the  "Passenger  list"  of  the  "James,"  of  London,  which  vessel 
sailed  from  Southampton  for  New  England,  "about  the  VI.  of  April,  1635." 

He  is  entered  on  it  as  Robert  Field,  of  Yealing  (?  Pealing,  Berks).  This  Robert 
resided  at  Boston. 

What  became  of  the  greater  portion  of  those  who  went  over  with  Winthrop  and 
Saltonstall  during  the  first  few  years  of  their  stay  in  New  England  it  is  impossible 
to  say,  for  so  little  documentary  evidence  exists  ot  that  period.  It  is  known  that  a 
large  proportion  of  the  company  went  to  Watertown  on,  or  shortly  after,  their  ar- 
rival, and  Robert  Field  was  probably  one  of  these.  He  must  have  married  soon 
atter  landing  in  America,  for  he  had  ,two  sons  of  age  in  February,  1653-54.  His 
wife,  who  survived  him,  was  named  Charity,  and  very  probably  she  was  one  of  the 


company  that  crossed  the  Atlantic  with  him,  perhaps  in  the  same  ship.  The 
author  knows  nothing  of  her  family,  and  the  only  clue  to  it  which  he  can  offer,  is 
that  her  second  son  had  the  rather  unusual  name  of  Anthony,  and  as  this  had  not 
been  borne  by  any  of  Robert's  near  relatives,  it  may  have  come  from  her  side,  and 
perhaps  been  that  of  her  father. 

The  first  notice  of  Robert  Field  in  our  colonial  records  occurs  in  the  state  o£ 
Rhode  Island.  It  has  been  said  of  Roger  Williams,  who  founded  this  colony,  ihat 
he  was  "the  first  person  in  modern  Christendom  to  assert  in  its  plenitude  the  doc- 
trine of  liberty  of  conscience."  In  1636  he  fled  from  the  religious  tyranny  and  per- 
secution of  the  New  England  Puritans,  and  founded  the  town  to  which  he  gave  the 
name  of  Providence,  in  recognition  of  God's  mercies.  He  was  soon  followed  by 
others — residents  of  New  England — who  are  supposed  to  have  shared  his  opinions, 
and  among  these  was  Robert  Field. 

At  a  general  meeting  at  Newport,  R.  I.,  held  Aug.  23,  1638,  it  was  agreed  "that 
13  lots,  on  the  west  side  ot  the  spring,  shall  be  granted  to  Mr.  Richard  Dummer  and 
his  friends,"  "to  build  there  at  the  spring  at  farthest,  or  else  their  lots  be  disposed 
ot  by  the  company."     Among  the  friends  of  Mr.  Dummer  we  find  Robert  Field. 

A  little  later  the  following  entry  occurs  in  the  records:  "Inhabitants  admitted 
at  the  town  of  Newport,  since  the  20th  of  (May),  1638."  In  this  list  are  the  names 
of  Robert  Field  and  John  Hicks.  On  Dec.  19,  1639,  Robert  Field  was  made  free- 
man of  this  town,  and  he  is  mentioned  among  the  proprietors  of  land  there  in  1640. 
In  the  court  roll  of  freemen,  March  16,  1641,  are  the  names  of  Robert  Field  and 
John  Hicks.  This  is  the  last  time  that  the  former  is  referred  to  in  the  records  of 
Newport,  except  in  1653,  when  he  visited  the  place,  probably  as  delegate  for  Long 
Island,  and  he  is  not  mentioned  in  the  list  of  freemen  of  the  town  in  1655. 

About  the  time  of  the  settlement  of  Hempstead  and  Flushing,  there  was  an  in- 
timate connection  between  the  colony  of  Rhode  Island  and  the  English  towns  ot 
Long  Island.  The  inhabitants  of  both  were  mainly  composed  of  the  same  class, 
viz.,  those  who  had  fled  from  English  persecution,  and  those  who  had  escaped,  like 
Roger  Williams,  from  the  no  less  mtolerant  Puritans  of  New  England.  We  find 
many  of  the  same  names  in  both  places  at  this  early  period  of  their  history;  not 
only  those  of  Field  and  Hicks,  but  also  Townsend,  Hazard,  Coles,  and  a  number  ot 
others.  We  have  seen  that  Robert  Field  and  John  Hicks  are  mentioned  together 
more  than  once  in  the  Newport  records ;  and  when  we  learn  that  they  are  again  as- 
sociated a  little  later,  and  are  among  the  sixteen  persons  to  whom  the  Dutch  gov- 
ernor granted  a  patent  tor  the  town  ot  Flushing,  in  1645,  we  teel  no  moral  doubt  that 
the  two  settlers  in  Long  Island  were  identical  with  the  colonists  ot  Rhode  Island. 

A  further  proof  ot  this  identity  occurred  a  tew  years  later.  Governor  Stuyve- 
sant  and  the  Dutch  authorities  at  New  Amsterdam,  looked  with  a  jealous  eye  on 
the  inhabitants  ot  the  English  towns  within  their  jurisdiction;  and,  as  a  result  of 
this  feeling,  the  latter  suffered  many  tyrannical  and  unjust  acts  at  the  hands  ot  the 
government.  The  express  stipulations  ot  their  charters  were  violated;  illegal  fines 
and  taxes  were  imposed,  and  some  were  imprisoned  or  banished  tor  their  religious 
opinions.  In  1653  an  idea  became  prevalent  among  the  inhabitants  ot  these  towns 
that  the  Dutch  were  inciting  the  Indians  to  a  general  massacre  ot  the  English,  and 
supplying  the  savages  with  arms  for  that  purpose.  Probably  their  tears  were  exag- 
gerated, but  there  is  no  doubt  that  the  Dutch  had  some  secret  negotiations  with  the 
red  men ;  with  what  object  is  not  now  known.  It  was  whispered  about  that  there 
was  to  be  "a  second  Amboyna*  tragedy;"  and  so  great  was  the  alarm  that  many 

*Amboyna,  one  of  the  Moluccas,  or  Spice  Islands,  belonging  to  Holland.  In  1623  an  Eng- 
lish settlement  there  (Carabello)  was  destroyed  by  the  Dutch,  and  'frightful  tortures  intlicted 
on  the  inhabitants. 


abandoned  their  homes  and  went  to  the  colonies  where  they  were  under  the  protec- 
tion ot  the  English  flag. 

An  application  was  made  to  Rhode  Island  tor  assistance,  and  probably  Robert 
Field  was  one  ot  those  sent  there  to  make  the  request,  as  he  was  specially  qualified 
for  this  mission  from  having  formerly  resided  in  that  colony,  and  being  among  old 
friends  and  neighbors  there.  As  we  learn  by  the  records,  the  deputation  was  suc- 
cesstul.  At  a  general  assembly  held  at  Newport,  May  i8,  1653,  it  was  ordered  that 
a  committee  be  chosen,  "for  reterring  matters  that  concern  Long  Island  and  in  the 
case  concerning  the  Dutch."  Eight  members  ot  this  committee  were  selected,  who 
were  to  "act  upon  presentment,"  and  among  these  was  "Mr.  Robert  Field."  It 
was  resolved  at  the  same  time  "that  we  judge  it  our  duty  to  aflford  our  countrymen 
on  Long  Island  what  help  we  can,"  etc.  "That  they  shall  have  two  great  guns  and 
what  munitions  are  with  us,"  etc.,  etc. 

Captain  John  Underbill,  who  had  resided  tor  some  years  on  Long  Island,  was 
appointed  commander  ot  the  forces  by  land,  and  Captain  William  Dyre  ot  those 
by  sea. 

Under  this  commission.  Captain  Underbill  captured  the  fort  ot  Good  Hope, 
near  Harttord,  from  the  Dutch  in  the  month  ot  June  following. 

How  matters  were  arranged  between  the  Government  ot  New  Amsterdam  and 
their  English  subjects,  is  not  exactly  known ;  probably  steps  were  taken  to  convince 
the  latter  that  their  apprehensions  ot  a  general  massacre  were  groundless,  for  those 
who  had  left  Long  Island  returned  to  their  homes  shortly  after,  and  matters  re- 
sumed their  old  course. 

The  patent  of  the  Governor-general  ot  the  New  Netherlands,  William  Kiett, 
was  dated  Oct.  19,  1645,  and  granted  to  Robert  Field  and  his  associates,  their  heirs 
and  assigns,  "a  certain  quantity  or  parcell,  ot  land,  with  all  the  Havens,  Harbours, 
Rivers,  Creekes,  Woodlands,  Marshes  thereunto  belonging  and  being  upon  the 
north  side  ot  Long  Island,"  after  which  the  boundaries  are  given. 

Robert  Field  built  his  house  at  that  part  ot  Flushing  called  Bayside.  No  trace 
of  it  exists,  but  family  tradition  says  that  it  stood  so  near  the  water,  that  wild 
ducks,  while  swimming  on  it,  could  be  shot  from  the  porch. 

Unfortunately  for  the  historian  ot  the  first  settlers  of  Flushing,  the  town  rec- 
ords were  destroyed  by  fire  in  the  latter  halt  of  the  last  century;*  but  a  few  docu- 
ments of  their  time  have  come  down  to  us,  which  have  been  carefully  preserved  at 
the  old  Bowne  house  built  by  John  Bowne  in  1661.  This  ancient  mansion  is  still 
standing,  and  occupied  by  his  descendants.  From  the  time  of  its  erection,  it  was 
used  by  friends  of  the  family  and  neighbors  as  a  depository  for  papers  ot  value. 
Among  these  is  the  following: 

"February  12th,  1653  (i.  e,,  1653-4). 
"Flushing.  Know  all  men  by  these  presents  that  1  Robert  Field  doe  freely 
give  and  grant  unto  my  two  sons  Robert  Field  and  Anthony  Field  each  of  them  a 
house  lott  with  the  proprietie  and  priviledge  thereunto  belonging.  I  give  unto  Rob- 
ert the  Lott  wh  was  formerly  John  Lake's.  Unto  Anthony  the  Lott  which  was 
formerly  given  unto  Thomas  Applegate's  sones,  which  two  Lotts  were  purchased 
by  mee  and  now  freely  are  given  by  mee  unto  them  my  two  sones  their  heirs  or 
assigns  forever  to  enjoy. 


*These  records  were  kept  in  the  house  of  John  Vanderbuilt,  the  town  clerk.    It  was  set  fire 
to  in  October,  1789,  and  consumed  with  its  contents.     Two  slaves,  Nelly  and  Sarah,  were  tried, 
condemned  and  executed  for  this  crime. 


This  document  is  important,  as  showing  that  Robert  Field's  two  eldest  sons 
were  ot  age  at  the  time  it  was  dated.  The  Thomas  Applegate  referred  to  in  ii  was 
also  one  of  the  original  patentees  of  Flushing. 

Robert  Field,  Robert  Field,  Jr.,  and  "Anthonie"  Field  signed  the  petition  to 
"the  Governor-Generall  and  Counsell  of  the  New  Netherlands, "  in  favour  of  the 
"scoute,"  or  sheriff  of  Flushing,  William  Hallett,  who  was  arrested  for  having 
religious  meetings  at  his  house.  There  is  no  date  to  this  petition,  but  it  must  have 
been  1656,  for  William  Hallett  was  banished  on  Nov.  8th  of  that  year,  and  allowed 
to  remain  by  a  decree  of  Dec.  26th  of  same,  on  payment  of  a  fine  of  £so  Flanders, 
and  at  same  time  deprived  of  his  office. 

All  three  of  the  Fields  signed  that  bold  remonstrance*  against  the  persecution  of 
Quakers,  addressed  to  the  Governor-General,  and  dated  Dec.  27,  1657. 

In  the  examination  of  Edward  Hart,  in  reply  to  the  question  "Who  signed  at 
the  meeting  and  who  at  their  houses?"  he  said,  "Anthony  Field,  and  both  of  ye 
Fields  (i.  e. ,  Robert  sen.  and  jun.),  at  ye  housee  of  ye  village  blacksmith,  Michael 
iVlilner,"  where  the  meeting  was  held. 

This  remonstrance  bore  the  signatures  of  thirty  of  the  principal  inhabitants  of 
the  town,  and  the  whole  tenor  of  it  shows  that  they  were  in  advance  of  the  age  in 
their  views  in  regard  to  religious  freedom  and  liberty  of  conscience.  Tobias 
Feake,|  the  sheriff,  who  presented  the  paper,  was  immediately  arrested.  Hart,  who 
drew  it  up,  and  Farrington  and  Noble,  two  of  the  magistrates  who  signed  it,  were 

A  patent  of  confirmation  of  Flushing,  dated  Feb.  16,  1666,  names  but  one  Rob- 
ert Field,  who  is  styled  neither  "senior"  nor  "junior."  It  follows  that  either  the 
emigrant  was  dead,  or  that  his  son  Robert  had  left  Flushing.  The  author  inclines 
to  the  latter  opinion,  as  we  know  that  the  younger  Robert  was  at  Newtown  in  or 
before  1670,  where  he  resided  for  the  rest  of  his  life  and  died. 

His  father,  however,  was  no  longer  living  in  1673,  as  shown  in  the  following 
document,  preserved  at  the  old  Bowne  house,  which  also  establishes  the  name  of 
his  wife: 

"February  ye  6th    1672  (i.  e. ,  1672-3). 

"Know  all  men  by  these  prents  that  I  Charity  Field,  widow.  Doe  own  and 
Confess  that  the  home  Lott  that  Lyeth  betwixt  the  Lott  that  was  formerly  old 
Applegate's,  and  the  Lott  that  was  formerly  ....  Doughty's  is  my  sone 
Anthony  Field's  Lott  and  proper  land,  and  1  never  intended  nor  pretended  any 
right  to  it.  '  'Witness  my  hand, 

"Testes:  "CHARITY  FIELD." 

"Elias  Doughty, 
"Robert  Field," 

She  is  also  referred  to  in  a  letter  from  John  Bowne  to  his  wife,  written  while  he 
was  abroad,  and  dated,  "Amsterdam  this  9th  of  the  4th  mo.  called  June,  1663." 

The  passage  reads  as  follows:  "Remember  my  true  love  to  Joan  Chatterton 
and  Charity  Field." 

We  learn  by  the  records  of  Queens  County,  Long  Island,  that  Robert  Field, 
St.,  of  Newtown,  on  Oct.  9,  1690,  gave  to  his  son  Nathaniel  Field,  lands  and  salt 
meadows  at  the  head  of  the  "ffly"  at  Flushing.  If  he  died  without  "heires,"  to  go 
to  his  brother  Elnathan.  Attested  before  Silas  Doughty,  Justice,  May  26,  1691. 
On  same  day  Robert  gave  to  his  son  Benjamin  his  homestead  at  Newtown,  and 
"in  case  he  has  no  heirs  to  go  to  his  brother  Ambrose."     In  the  Friends'  record. 

*This  document  will  be  found  in  Thompson's  "History  of  Long  Island,"  vol.  ii.,  p.  289. 
tSon  of  Robert  Feake,  of  Watertown,  Mass. 


under  the  fourth  month,  1699-1700,  "Susannah  Field  of  Newtown,  daughter  of  Robert 
Field,"  and  Isaac  Marit  (?  Merritt),  of  Burlington,  West  Jersey,  declared  intention 
of  marriage. 

We  learn  also  by  the  Flushing  records  of  the  Society  of  Friends  that  Robert 
Field,  of  Newtown,  died  the  13th  day  of  the  second  month,  1701.  The  writer  is  in- 
clined to  put  the  date  of  his  birth  as  1631.  This  accords  with  what  Mr.  James 
Riker,  the  historian  of  Newtown,  wrote  to  him:  "Robert,  Sr.,  at  his  death  in  1701. 
could  not  have  been  less  than  65  to  70  years  of  age."  His  wife,  whose  name  was 
Susannah,  survived  him. 

I  have  it  from  another  source  that  Robert  was  in  Boston  in  1644,  and  went 
from  there  to  Flushing.  [I  am  of  the  opinion  that  the  Robert  in  Boston  was  another 
Robert  who  married  Mary  Stanley  and  died  there  in  1677.] — F.  C.  P. 

The  boundaries  of  Flushing  in  the  patent  of  1645. — "Upon  the  north 
side  of  Long  Island  to  begin  at  ye  westward  part  thereof  at  the  mouth  of 
a  creake  upon  ye  East  River  now  commonly  called  and  known  by  the  name  of 
Flushing  Creeke  and  so  to  runne  Eastward  as  far  as  Matthew  Garretson's  Bay,  to- 
gether with  a  neck  of  land  commonly  called  Tew's  neck  being  bounded  on  the 
Westward  part  thereof  with  the  land  granted  to  Mr.  Francis  Doughty  and  associ- 
ates and  on  the  Eastward  part  thereof  with  ye  land  granted  to  ye  plantation  and 
towne  of  Hempstede  and  so  to  runne  in  two  direct  lines  unto  ye  south  side  of  ye 
said  Island." 

144.  i.  JOHN,  bap.  Halifax,  England,  Dec.  25,  1625;  m. . 

145.  ii.  ROBERT,  b.  prob.  in  1636,  Rhode  Island;  m.  Susannah . 

146.  iii.  ANTHONY,  b.  prob.  Rhode  Island,  1638;  m.  Susannah . 

147.  iv.  BENJAMIN,    b.    1640;  m. Sarah  .     Benjamin    Field,    of 

Fbishing,  named  in  patents  of  that  town  of  1665-6  and  1685,  ap- 
pointed ensign  by  Gov.  Nichols,  April  22,  1665. 

148.  v.        HANNAH,  b.  (Savage);    m.   May  7,  1656,  John  Bowne.      Thomas 

Bowne,  of  Mattock,  Derbyshire,  England,  was  b.  May,  1595. 
John  Bowne,  his  son,  was  b.  at  Mattock,  March  9,  1627,  and  came 
to  America  in  1649.  He  m.  Hannah  Field,  daughter  of  Robert,  at 
Flushing,  May  7,  1656.  In  the  year  1661  he  built  the  house  at 
Flushing  where  for  forty  years  were  held  the  quarterly  meeting 
for  Friends  in  the  Province  of  New  York,  and  which  has  even 
until  the  present  time  been  occupied  by  a  descendant  in  the  direct 
line.  Their  daughter  Hannah  m.  Benjamin  Field,  son  of  Antho- 
ny. John  Bowne,  a  hard  shell  Quaker — a  very  hard  individual  to 
handle;  he  had,  however,  a  rough  time  ot  it,  as  the  annals  of 
Long  Island  show.  Multitudes  of  Englishmen  left  their  own  loved 
islands  because  they  could  not  there,  in  peace,  worship  God  ac- 
cording to  their  own  convictions  of  right ;  when  they  placed  their 
feet  on  the  soil  of  America  they  at  once  practiced  the  very  thing 
they  so  much  disliked  at  home.  Roger  Williams  was  a  Baptist, 
and  for  calling  in  question  the  authority  of  magistrates  in  respect 
of  the  rights  of  the  civil  power  to  impose  faith  and  worship,  he 
insisting  that  the  civil  power  only  extended  to  the  bodies,  goods 
and  outward  estate  of  men,  for  these  principles  he  could  not  be 
tolerated,  and  was  banished.  So  also  in  the  case  of  Mr.  Bowne ; 
he  seemed  to  have  a  liking  for  George  Fox,  and  that  was  enough 
to  cost  him  all  the  persecution  he  suffered.     Even  Mr.  Williams 


himself  put  forth  his  best  efforts  to  "dig  George  Fox  out  of  his 

149.  vi.       ELIZABETH,  b.  (Savage);  m.  the  famous  John  Underhill.     Eliza- 

beth became  the  second  wife  of  the  noted  military  commander, 
John  Underhill.  This  man  occupies  a  large  space  in  the  history 
ot  Long  Island. 

105.  CHRISTOPHER  FEILD  (William,    Robert,  John,    Christopher,   John, 

Richard,  Thomas,  Adam,  Richard,  Roger),  b. ;  m. .     Christopher, 

the  husbandman,  made  his  will  Dec.  i,  1570,  describing  himself  in  it  as  "Xhristo- 
pher  Feild,  of  Crofton."  There  are  legacies  in  it  to  his  son,  Robert  Feild,  and  to 
his  Robert's  wife  and  children,  Christopher,  Frances,  Elizabeth  and  Alice,  also  to 
Isabel  and  Frances,  children  of  his  son  John,  to  whom  he  leaves  the  residue  and 
appoints  executor.  He  bequeaths  to  each  of  three  of  the  children  of  his  son 
Robert  "one  ewe  lamb,"  which  makes  its  pretty  evident  that  his  calling  was  that  of 
"husbandman."  His  will  was  proved  March  13,  1570-1.  He  d.  March,  1570-1. 
Res.  Crofton,  England. 

150.  i.         ROBERT,  b. ;  m.  Rosamond . 

151.  ii.        JOHN,  b. ;  m. . 

152.  iii.       CHRISTOPHER,  b. . 

106.  CHRISTOPHER  FELD  (Christopher,  Robert,  John,  Christopher,  John, 

Richard,  Thomas,  Adam,  Richard,  Roger),  b. ;  m. .     Res.  Wakefield, 


153.  i.         ELIZABETH,  b.  ;  m.  William  Hall,  of  Settle.      An  entry  in 

the  Kingshold  manor  rolls  of  Jan.  19,  1581-2,  says,  "A  presentment 
is  made  that  Matthew  Feild  is  dead,  and  that  Elizabeth  Feild  of 
Wakefield,  Co.  York,  is  dau.  of  Christopher  Field,  brother  of  the 
said  Matthew." 

We  find  some  notices  of  Elizabeth  Field,  niece  and  heiress  of 
Matthew,  in  the  Wakefield  manor  rolls,  viz.:  1580,  Elizabeth  Field, 
daughter  of  Christopher  Field,  brother  of  Matthew  Field,  deceased, 
paid  V3iiid  heriot  for  "3  shoppes  in  le  mr  ketstead  de  Wakefield, 
close  of  2  acres  in  Alverthorpe,  4  closes  (8  acres)  in  Wrenthorpe 
and  Woodall  in  Stanley,  post  dec.  of  Matthew  her  uncle:"  1583, 
"Elizabeth  Field,  cousin  (i.  e.,  niece)  and  heir  presumptive  ot 
Matthew  Field,  deed,  redd,  Woodside  close  in  Wrenthorpe  (6  acres), 
to  Thomas  Cave." 

It  would  appear  from  the  following  that  Elizabeth  Field  mar- 
ried, first,  a  Nowell,  and  secondly,  William  Hall:  1596.  Inden- 
ture twenty-ninth  Elizabeth,  "William  Hall  of  Settle,  yeoman  and 
Eliz.  Nowell  his  wife,  cosyn  (niece),  and  heir  of  Matthew  Field  of 
the  Citie  of  London  deed  of  the  one  part  and  Matthew  Watkinson 
of  Ardeslowe,  chapman,  and  Matthew  Feilde  of  Ardislowe,  gentle- 
man, of  the  other  part,  surrender  to  the  two  latter,  house,  shopp, 
with  chambre  over,  in  Wakefield  and  8  acres  in  Wrenthorpe  at 
£s  per  annum  rent."  This  entry  shows  that  there  was  a  connec- 
tion between  this  branch  of  the  family,  and  that  of  East  Ardsley. 
The  last  Matthew  Feild  referred  to  above  was  the  second  son  and 
heir  of  John  Feild,  the  astronomer,  whose  will  contains  a  legacy 
"to  my  cosine  Nowell  and  Christopher,  his  son."  This  "cosine 
Nowell"  was  perhaps  the  first  husband  of  Elizabeth  Field.  Mat- 
thew Watkinson  may  have  been  a  son  of  her  aunt,  Elizabeth  and 


Henry   Watkinson,  both  of  whom  are  named  in  the  will  of  Eliza- 
beth Field's  grandfather,  Christopher,  in  1557. 

no.     MATTHEW    FIELD    (Christopher.    Robert,   John,   Christopher,   John, 

Richard,  Thomas,  Adam,  Richard,  Roger),  b.  ;  m.  Elizabeth  Meredith.     He  d. 

January,  15S0.     Res.,  s.  p.,  London,  England. 

Matthew,  son  and  heir  of  Christopher  Field,  mercer,  removed  to  London,  and 
apparently  carried  on  the  same  busmess  there  that  his  father  had  done  at  Wakefield. 
We  learn  from  a  pedigree  of  the  Meredith  family  among  the  Harleian  MSS.  at  the 
British  Museum,  that  he  married  Elizabeth,  daughter  of  Robert  Meredith,  of  Lon- 
don, Mercer,  and  that  this  Elizabeth  was  co-heiress  of  her  brother  William,  who 
died  childless.  Matthew  Field  resided  at  Hackney,  in  a  mansion  called  "the  Black 
and  White  House,"  supposed  to  have  been  built  by  him,  and  he  was  a  member  of 
the  "Mercers'  Company,"  one  of  the  most  ancient  and  wealthy  of  London  guilds. 
We  learn  by  the  Wakefield  manor  rolls  that  he  was  elected,  in  1569,  "greave  for 
Shay's  land,  deputy  William  Sykes."  His  father,  Christopher,  was  elected  to  this 
same  ofl&ce  in  1547,  as  already  stated.  The  manor  of  Kingshold  forms  part  of  the 
present  suburb  of  London,  called  Hackney,  and  in  its  rolls  we  find  several  references 
to  Matthew  Field.  In  1568  William  Alman  and  Elizabeth,  his  wife  (formerly  wife 
of  William  White,  deceased),  made  a  surrender  to  "Matthew  Feylde,  Citizen  and 
Mercer  of  London."  In  1570  Henry  White,  son  of  the  above  William,  in  1575, 
Joshua  White,  one  of  the  heirs  of  William  White,  and  Elizabeth,  his  wife,  and  in 
1576  Thomas  White,  one  of  the  sons  of  the  aforesaid  William  White,  of  Hackney, 
and  Eliz.,  his  wife,  all  made  similar  surrenders  to  Matthew  Feild,  of  London, 

Matthew  Field  seems  to  have  died  childless,  and  left  no  will.  We  find  an  entry 
in  the  records  of  the  Prerogative  Court  of  Canterbury,  in  London,  that  admiais- 
tration  was  granted  to  Anthony  Marler  on  the  estate  of  Matthew  Field,  of  St. 
Laurence,  Old  Jewry,  Mercer,  on  April  i,  1581.  His  burial  is  recorded  in  the 
registers  of  that  church  on  Jan.  19,  1580*  (i.  e.,  1580-1). 

[By  Osgood  Field,  F.  S.  A.,  of  Italy.] 

The  following  article,  I  hope,  may  prove  of  interest  to  the  readers  of  the  Reg- 
ister, and  more  especially  so,  to  the  numerous  descendants  of  Robert  Field,  the 
emigrant.  With  some  trifling  exceptions,  the  facts  here  stated  have  never  appeared 
in  print,  and   have  been  gathered  in  the  course  of  my  own  investigations. 

In  the  Hall  of  the  Mercers'  Company,  of  London,  in  an  old  oak  carving,  consist- 
ing of  a  large  shield  of  the  Mercers'  arms,  and  underneath  a  smaller  one  with  those 
of  Field  (a  chevron  between  three  garbs),  impaling  two  coats,  one  a  lion  rampant, 
the  other  a  chevron  between  three  dolphins ;  the  latter  being  the  arms  of  Meredith. 

This  carving  was  formerly  in  an  ancient  mansion  at  Hackney,  called  "the  Black 
and  White  House,"  which  was  pulled  down  some  years  since,  and  which  is  said  to 
have  been  built  by  Matthew  Field,  a  member  of  the  Mercers'  Company.  The  carv- 
ing was  presented  to  this  guild  some  time  ago,  by  William  Tyssen,  whose  family, 
now  represented  by  Lord  Amherst,  have  been  lords  of  the  manor  in  which  this 
old  house  stood  since  1698.  The  impalement  of  the  Meredith  arms  is  explained  by 
the  fact  that  Matthew  Field's  wife  was  of  that  family,  as  may  be  seen  in  the  fol- 
lowing pedigree,  taken  from  the  Harleian  MSS.  in  the  British  Museum,  1096,  fol.  20. 

Robert  Meredith,  of  London,  Mercer,  his  will  proved  28th  Janr'y,  1546.  Jane, 
dau.  of  Sir  Wm.  Lake,  Knt. 

*One  of  the  figures  is  indistinct  in  the  author's  copy,  and  it  may  be  the  12th  of  January. 


Rich'd  Springham,  of  London,  Mercer.     Mary,  sister  and  coh'r  of  Wm. 

Wm  Meredith,  married  but  died  s.  p. 

Matthew  ffield  of  London,  Mercer.  Elizabeth,  sister  and  coh'r  of  Wm.  Jeffrey. 
Dutchett  of  London,  Mercer.     EUyn  sister  and  coh'r  of  Wm. 

The  court  rolls  of  the  manor  of  Kingshold,  which  forms  part  of  Hackney  County, 
Middx.,*  contained  the  following  references  to  Field: 

1568  Wm  Alman  &  Elizth  his  wife  (formerly  wife  of  Wm  White  deed)  made  a 
surrender  to  Matthew  Feylde,  Citizen  and  Mercer  of  London. 

1570  Henry  White  (son  of  the  above  Wm  White)  made  a  surrender  to  Matthew 
Feild  of  London,  Mercer. 

1575  Joshua  White  one  of  the  heirs  of  the  above  Wm  White  &  Elizth  his  wife 
surrender  to  the  said  Matthew  Field. 

1576  Thos  White  one  of  the  sons  of  the  beforementioned  Wm  White  of  Hack- 
ney &  Elizth  his  wife  surrender  to  the  sd  Matthew  Field. 

1581  Henry  Rowe  is  admitted  to  lands  by  the  surrender  of  sd  Matthew  Field 
&  Elizth  his  wife,  which  lands  of  late  belonged  to  Henry,  Joshua  &  Thomas  White 
as  the  sons  &  heirs  of  Wm  White,  deed. 

1 581-2  Jan  19.  A  presentment  is  made  that  Matthew  is  dead  and  that  Eliza- 
beth Field  of  Wakefield,  Co.  York  is  dau.  of  Christopher  Field  brother  of  the  sd 

1583  Elizabeth  dau.  of  sd  Christopher  Field  makes  a  surrender  to  Wm  That- 
cher of  London,  Draper. 

1599  Matthew  Springhamf  of  London,  Merchant  Taylor,  surrenders  land  late 
of. Matthew  Field  of  London,  Mercer,  to  the  use  of  Otho  Nicholson  of  London,  Esq. 
&  Elizth  his  wife  for  their  lives,  remr  to  sd  Springham. 

It  would  appear,  therefore,  that  Matthew  Field  died  childless,  and  he  does  not 
seem  to  have  left  a  will,  as  none  can  be  found  among  those  recorded  in  the  Prerog- 
ative Court  of  Canterbury,  London;  but  there  is  an  entry  there  that  on  April  i, 
1 581,  administration  was  granted  to  Anthony  Marler.  on  the  estate  of  Matthew 
Field,  of  S.  Laurence,  Old  Jewry,  Mercer. 

His  burial  is  recorded  in  the  Parish  Registers  of  this  church  Jan.  12,  1580.  We 
have  seen  that  Elizabeth  Field,  of  Wakefield,  was  heir  to  Matthew,  her  uncle,  and 
this  is  confirmed  by  the  following  extracts  from  the  rolls  of  this  manor: 

1580  Elizabeth  ffield,  dau  of  Christopher  ffield,  brother  of  Matthew  ffield  deed 
paid  vsiijd  heriot  for  3  shoppes  in  le  m'ketstead:);  de  Wakefield,  close  of  2  acres  in 
Alverthorpe,  4  closes  (8  acres)  in  Wrenthorpe  &  Woodall  in  Stanley,  post  dec.  of 
Matthew  her  uncle. 

1583  Elizabeth  ffield  cousin  (i.  e.  niece)  and  heir  presumptive  of  Matthew  ffield 
deed  redd  Woodside  close  in  Wrenthorp  (6  acres)  to  Thomas  Cove. 

It  would  seem  from  the  following  entry  in  the  Wakefield  rolls  that  this  Eliza- 
beth ffield  married  William  Hall,  of  Settle: 

1596  Indenture  thirty-ninth  Elizth  Wm  Hall  of  Settle,  yeoman,  &  Elizth 
Nowell,  his  wife,  cosyn  (i.  e.  niece),  of  Matthew  ffield  of  the  Citie  of  London,  deed, 
of  the  one  part  and  Matthew  Watkinson  of  Ardeslowe,  shopman,  and  Matthew 
ffield  of  Ardislowe,§  gentleman,  of  the  other  part,  surrender  to  the  latter  house 
shopp  with  chambre  over  in  Wakefield  and  8  acres  in  Wrenthorpe  at  ;^5  per  annum 

The  Matthew  ffield,  of  Ardislow,  of  the  last  extract,  was  the  son  of  John  Field, 

*One  of  the  earlier  rolls  is  endorsed  1272  by  mistake,  as  it  relates  to  several  years  later. 

fSon  of  Richard  Springham  of  the  preceding  pedigree. 


§East  Ardsley,  about  three  miles  from  Wakefield. 


ot  Ardsley,  the  astronomer,  who  has  been  styled  "the  Proto-Copernican  of  Eng- 
land," and  to  whom  the  arms  ot  his  family,  sa,  a  chevron  between  3  garbs  argent, 
were  confirmed,  and  a  crest  granted  Sept.  4,  1558.  This  Matthew  is  called  second 
son  of  John  Field  in  the  pedigree  recorded  at  the  Herald's  visitation  ot  Yorkshire, 
in  1584-5.  He  is  also  mentioned  in  the  will  of  his  mother,  Jane  Field,  of  Ardsley, 
dated  July  17,  1609.  He  was  probably  heir  to  his  father,  as  his  eldest  brother, 
Richard,  was  disinherited  for  misconduct  in  the  astronomer's  will,  made  in  1587. 

To  return  to  Matthew  Field,  of  London,  the  parish  registers  of  Wakefield  do 
not  commence  till  1613,  and  therefore  afforded  no  help  in  tracing  his  ancestry;  but 
among  the  wills  recorded  at  York,  we  find  that  ot  Christopher  Feylde,  of  Wake- 
field, mercer,  dated  July  8,  1557.  He  names  in  it  his  son  and  heir,  Matthew,  to  whom 
he  bequeaths  the  residue  of  his  estate,  and  to  whose  wife  a  legacy  is  left.  The  other 
children  named  are  Elizabeth,  "now  wife"  of  Henry  Watkinson*,  Katharine,  wife 
of  Richard  Atkinson,  and  Christopher.  The  testator  also  speaks  of  his  brothers 
Nicholas  and  William.  He  desires  to  be  buried  in  the  church  of  Wakefield,  near 
his  wife,  and  directs  his  executors  to  cause  "a  troughe  stone,"  with  a  remembrance 
of  himself,  wife  and  children  in  pictures  ot  brass  to  be  set  upon  and  laid  upon  the 

The  Rev.  J.  L.  Sisson,  in  his  "Historical  Sketch  of  Wakefield  Church,"  pub. 
lished  in  1824,  says  that  a  monument  formerly  existed  in  the  north  aisle  of  the 
edifice  with  this  inscription:  "Here  under  this  stone  lyeth  buried  the  bodies  of 
Christopher  Fylde,  mercer,  and  Eliz.  his  wyfe,  which  Christopher  deceased  the  30 
day  of  Nov.  in  the  year  of  our  Lord  God  1558,  on  whose  soul  Jesus  have  mercy." 

The  Wakefield  manor  rolls  supply  another  link  tending  to  show  the  relationship 
between  this  Christopher  and  Matthew  Field,  of  London,  for  we  find  in  them  under 
the  date  of  1547,  and  heading  of  Sandall,  that  Christopher  ffield  was  elected  proposi- 
tus for  lands  formerly  Thomas  Shays,  and  again  in  1569,  also  headed  Sandall,  that 
Matthew  ffield,  of  London,  was  elected  prepositus  (greave)  for  Shay's  land,  deputy 
William  Sykes. 

In  the  subsidy  roll  of  the  fifteenth  Henry  VIII.  (1524),  under  Westgate  Wake- 
field, Christopher  Feyld  is  assessed  for  ;^20  goods  20s.  There  are  a  few  other 
references  to  him  in  the  manor  rolls.  In  1541  he  surrendered  lands  in  Wakefield 
graveship  and  manor  to  Elizabeth,  his  wife.  He  is  referred  to  in  1544  as  Christo- 
pher ffeld,  Sandall,  merchant.  In  1552  Robert  Copley  "redd  lands  to  Christopher 
ifeld,  Sandall."  I  presume  that  his  residence  was  at  or  near  Sandall,  and  his 
place  of  business  in  Wakefield. 

There  was  another  Christopher  Field  living  at  the  same  time  in  this  neighbor- 
hood. Both  Christophers  witnessed  the  will  of  Christopher  Rishworthe,  gent,  of 
Crofton,  in  1538 — one  describing  himself  as  "wardroper,"  and  the  other  as  "hus- 
bandman." The  latter  made  his  will  in  December,  1570,  and  died  shortly  after. 
He  names  in  it  his  sons  Robert  and  John,  also  Christopher,  Frances,  Elizabeth  and 
Alice,  children  of  Robert  and  Israel  and  Frances,  those  of  John.  He  describes 
himself  as  ot  Crofton,  and  as  he  leaves  to  five  of  his  grandchildren  each  "one  ewe 
lamb"  we  may  assume  that  his  calling  was  that  of  "husbandman,"  and  that  he  is 
the  witness  so  described  in  Rishworthe's  will. 

Crofton  and  Sandall  are  about  two  miles  from  Wakefield,  and  adjoin.  The 
latter  was  at  this  period  by  far  the  most  important  of  the  two,  and  those  residing 
in  its  immediate  neighborhood  may  have  been  described  as  of  Sandall.  Here  stood 
the  famous  castle,  whose  ruins  are  still  shown,  which  was  originally  the  chief  seat 
of  Wakefield  manor,  and  which  was  at  different  epochs  the  residence  of  Richard 

♦Probably  father  of  Matthew  Watkinson,  named  in  indenture,  1596. 


IIL,  and  many  other  royal  and  distinguished  persons,  till  its  capture  in  1645,  during 
the  civil  wars,  and  demolition  shortly  after.  It  is  not  clear,  therefore,  if  Christo 
pher  Field,  the  father  of  Matthew,  of  London,  resided  at  Crufton,  or  Sandall.  The 
Parish  Registers  do  not  help  us  in  this  matter ;  those  of  the  former  place  not  com- 
mencing till  1617,  and  of  the  latter  till  1652. 

On  the  south  side  of  the  village  of  Crofton  is  an  old  building,  on  which  are  the 
arms  of  this  family  of  Field — chevron  between  three  garbs.  It  was  doubtless  the 
residence  of  some  members  of  it;  but  I  cannot  say  if  it  was  the  home  of  either 
Christopher,  or  dates  back  to  their  time.  There  were  members  of  the  family  at  a 
much  later  period  at  Crofton.  William  Field,  who  made  his  will  Dec.  4,  1623, 
describes  himself  as  "of  Crofton,"  and  left  sons,  William,  Richard,  Henry  and 

All  the  persons  named  were,  without  doubt,  offshoots  of  the  family,  which  had 
been  seated  at  Sowerby*  since  the  commencement  of  the  existing  manor  rolls. 
These  begin  in  1284!,  but  are  imperfect  till  1306.  How  much  earlier  they  weie 
there  is  not  clear;  but  it  would  appear  from  the  Coucher  book  of  Whalley  Abbey, 
which  has  been  published  by  the  Cheltham  Society,  that  there  were  Fields  at 
Rochdale  about  the  middle  of  the  thirteenth  century.  Although  this  town  is  in 
another  county — Lancashire— it  is  only  about  a  dozen  miles  from  Sowerby. 

The  earliest  mention  I  have  met  with  of  any  member  of  the  family  in  the 
immediate  neighborhood  of  the  town  of  Wakefield  is  in  1413,  when  John  Field,  ot 
Normanton,  is  referred  to  in  the  manor  rolls,  who  may  have  been  the  progenitor  of 
the  branches  whom  we  find  later  at  Crofton,  Sandall  and  Ardsley. 

The  diary  of  Richard  Symonds,  written  in  1644  and  1645,  which  has  been  pub- 
lished by  the  Camden  Society,  contains  a  description  of  a  monument,  which  he  saw 
in  Madley  church,  near  Hereford,  which  has  since  disappeared.  It  was  that  of  a 
knight  in  complete  armor  of  the  thirteenth  century— his  surcoat  embroidered  with 
his  arms— sable,  three  garbs  argent;  underneath  was  the  inscription  "Walt  us  et 
Joh'  esFelde."  The  name  and  similarity  of  the  arms  would  indicate  that  the 
family  ot  these  knights  was  identical  with  that  of  Wakefield  manor,  but  there 
exists  so  little  documentary  evidence  of  this  early  date  that  I  am  unable  to  trace 
the  connection. 

Burke,  who  is  not  always  reliable,  states  in  one  edition  of  his  "Landed  Gentry," 
that  Hubertus  de  la  Feld  held  lands  in  Lancashire,  the  third  year  after  the  con- 
quest (presumably  granted  for  military  services  at  the  time  of  the  Norman  invasion), 
and  that  others  of  the  name  were  proprietors  in  this  county  at  various  dates  during 
the  next  two  centuries.  I  would  remark  here  that  the  name  is  always  written 
"del  flfeld"  in  the  earlier  part  of  the  Wakefield  rolls,  and  until  after  1400.  and  that 
this  is  a  more  correct  form  than  "de  la  ffeld."  The  simplicity  of  the  family  arms, 
aside  from  the  early  date  of  the  monument  in  Madley  church,  show  that  they  were 
among  the  most  ancient  in  the  united  kingdom.  In  choosing  this  "canting"  coat 
one  would  suppose  that  the  Fields  would  have  assumed  the  natural  and  proper 
color  for  the  garbs;  but  there  was  a  substantial  reason  for  not  having  done  so,  as  it 
would  have  been  identical  with  one  already  adopted  by  another  family. 

In  a  roll  of  arms,  attributed  to  the  reign  of  Henry  III.,  and  which  is  considered 
the  most  ancient  one  in  England,  of  which  any  copy  exists,  the  coat  of  the  de 
Segraves  is  given  as  sable,  three  garbs  or.  A  little  later  the  Earls  of  Chesterboro, 
Azure,  three  garbs  or. 

Although  there  may  be  in  England,  or  America,  and  probably  are,  other  des- 

♦Pronounced  Sorby. 

tOne  of  the  earlier  rolls  is  endorsed  1272  by  mistake,  as  it  relat«s  to  several  years  later. 


cendants  of  the  family  which  was  once  numerous  in  the  manor  of  Wakefield,  and 
of  which  Matthew  Feild,  of  London,  mercer,  was  a  member,  only  those  who  can 
trace  their  ancestry  to  Robert  Field,  one  of  the  patentees  of  Flushing,  Long  Island, 
in  1645,  have  established  a  claim  to  represent  it.  His  father,  William,*  is  described 
as  of  Sowerby,  in  the  parish  registers  of  Halifax,  when  his  two  eldest  children 
were  baptized  March  9,  1605,  and  remained  here  until  his  death,  in  1619.  His 
removal  may  be  explained  by  the  fact  that  his  wife.  Susan,  was  daughter  of  John 
Midgley,  of  North  Ouram,  and  not  improbably  she  inherited  property  there.  North 
Ouram,  as  well  as  Sowerby,  is  in  the  extensive  and  once  royal  manor  ot  Wakefield, 
which  may  be  considered  the  cradle  of  this  branch  of  the  Feilds. 

To  conclude,  the  connection  between  the  great  city  companies  of  London  and 
the  Wakefield  manor  family  did  not  cease  with  the  death  of  Matthew  Field,  for  in 
the  rolls  referred  to  there  is  this  entry,  under  the  date  of  1612:  "Wm  Feilde  eives 
et  Marchantef  Tayler  de  London  &  Sara  up  eins,  surrender  vac.  voc.  Lawsfield 
(Wakefield)  to  John  Lyon  of  Wakefield,  gent.,  money  to  be  paid  at  his  house  in  the 
psh  of  St.  Faitn,  London."  This  William  Field's  will,  recorded  in  the  Prerogative 
Court  of  Canterbury,  London,  is  dated  Jan.  28,  1621-2,  and  was  proved  February 
13th  of  the  same  year.  He  describes  himself  as  Citizen  and  Merchant  Taylor  of 
London,  speaks  of  his  wife,  Sara,  and  children  not  named.  Besides  other  property 
he  leaves  lands  in  Bedfordshire  and  Lambeth,  and  bequeaths  to  twenty  poor  people 
of  this  parish  of  St.  Faith  each  20s.  His  widow,  Sarah  s  will  was  dated  July  30, 
1653,  but  not  proved  till  Nov.  10,  1657.  She  describes  herself  as  "of  St.  Faith's 
under  St.  Paul's,  widow,  aged  and  weak."  She  names  her  eldest  son  Samuel, 
deceased,  son  James,  grandchild  William  Field,  and  daughters  Sarah,  wife  of 
Robert  Thornton,  Elizabeth,  wife  of  Adam  Howes,  and  Mary,  wife  of  William 
Jeston;  also  granddaughter  Mary,  wife  of  Oliver  Boteler,  of  Harrold,  County  Bed- 
ford, Esq.  She  speaks  of  her  cases  in  St.  Paul's  churchyard,  and  Old  Change.  Her 
burial  is  thus  recorded  in  the  parish  registers  of  St.  Faith's,  May  4,  1657:  "Mrs. 
Feild,  out  of  St.  John's  chancel."  In  the  registers  of  St.  Faith  are  recorded  the 
baptisms  of  William,  Elizabeth,  Daniel  and  Nathaniel,  between  1656  and  1661, 
inclusive,  children  of  "William  Field,  woolen  draper,  and  Elizabeth,  ot  St.  Paul's 
churchyard."  The  father  was,  doubtless,  the  grandchild  named  in  Sarah  Field's 

111.  JOHN  FIELD  (John,  John,  Richard,  William,  William,  Thomas.  Thomas, 

John.  Thomas.  Roger),  b.  in  England  about  1590;  m. .      Descendants  of 

John,  of  Cockernhoe,  claim  that  he  is  a  grandson  of  John,  the  astronomer.  The 
same  coat  of  arms  and  same  crest  as  were  used  by  the  latter  have  been  used  by  the 
former's  descendants.     Res.  Cockernhoe,  England. 

154.     i.         HENRY,  b.  about  1620;  m.  Elizabeth  Rudd. 

112.  ZECHARIAH  FIELD  (John,  John,  Richard,  William,  William,  Thomas. 
Thomas,  John,  Thomas,  Roger),  b.  East  Ardsley,  Yorkshire,  England,  in  1596;  m. 

about  1641,  Mary .     She  d.  about  1670.     He  d.  June  30,  1666.     Res.  Dorchester, 

Mass.,  in  1629;  Hartford,  Conn.,  in  1636;  Northampton,  in  1659,  and  Hatfield, 
Mass.,  in  1663. 

Zechariah  Field,  son  of  John,  and  grandson  of  John  Field,  the  astronomer,  born 
in  East  Ardsley,  in  the  West  Riding  of  Yorkshire.  England,  about  1600.     He  prob- 

*Piobably  the  William,  son  of  Christopher  Field,  of  Sowerby,  and  Grace  Gradsheighe,  who 
was  baptized  at  Halifax  in  1543. 

tit  does  not  follow  that  his  calling  was  that  of  tailor,  for  many  having  other  occupations 
joined  this  wealthy  guild  for  the  great  privileges  conferred  by  its  membership. 


ably  came  to  New  England  through  Wales,  and  sailed  from  Bristol,  and  arrived  in 
Boston  in  1629,  and  settled  in  Dorchester. 

In  1636  a  large  number  of  English  emigrants,  among  whom  was  Zechariah 
Field,  removed  from  Cambridge,  Dorchester  and  Watertown,  to  Hartford,  Windsor 
and  Wethersfield,  Conn.  He  settled  in  Hartford;  his  residence  was  upon  Sentinel 
Hill,  near  the  present  north  end  of  Main  street.  At  this  time  he  was  still  in  the 
vigor  of  manhood,  and  was  one  of  the  forty-two  men  furnished  by  Hartford  to  take 
part  in  the  Pequod  war. 

In  venturing  thus  far  toward  the  frontier  he  exposed  his  family  to  great  dan- 
gers from  the  savages  that  were  lurking  near  the  new  settlements.  A  few  years 
later  King  Philips  war  stirred  up  the  Indians  from  one  end  of  Massachusetts  to  the 
other.  The  massacre  of  Bloody  Brook  (a  part  of  Deerfield),  in  which  a  whole  com- 
pany o±  soldiers  were  killed,  put  a  thrill  of  horror  through  the  new  settlements,  that 
were  soon  deserted,  the  people  fleeing  to  Northampton  for  safety.  But  a  few 
months  later  the  whites  turned  the  tide  in  the  battle  of  Turner's  Falls,  which 
gave  them  rest  for  some  years,  till  the  Indians  were  stirred  up  again  by  the  French, 
and  attacking  Deerfield  at  night,  set  fire  to  the  town  and  massacred  part  ot  the 
inhabitants,  and  made  prisoners  of  the  rest.  In  all  these  terrible  scenes  few  fam- 
ilies suffered  more  than  the  Field  family,  of  whom  some  were  killed  and  others, 
including  women,  carried  into  captivity,  to  Canada.  But  in  spite  ot  all  these  dan- 
gers the  brave  settlers  held  the  frontier  and  became  the  ancestors  of  families  who 
have  kept  the  name  unsullied,  honored  and  revered.  Among  their  descendants 
are  not  only  judges,  senators,  congressmen,  clergymen,  lawyers  and  physicians,  but 
men  of  business,  and  one — Marshall  Field,  ot  Chicago — the  leading  dry  goods  mer- 
chant in  the  world. 

In  1659  Zechariah  removed  to  Northampton,  where  he  was  engaged  in  mercan- 
tile business,  and  had  a  large  trade  with  the  Indians.  He  was  one  of  the  twenty- 
five  persons  who  engaged  to  settle  in  what  is  now  Hatfield,  and  was  one  of  the  com- 
mittee to  lay  out  the  lands.  They  were  to  have  their  houses  built  and  occupy  them 
before  Michaelmas  (Sept.  29,  1661),  but  he  did  not  probably  go  there  until  the  next 
year,  where  he  died,  June  30,  1666.  After  his  removal  to  Hatfield  he  was  in  busi- 
ness. His  home  lot  contained  eight  acres,  and  was  the  first  lot  north  of  the  North- 
ampton road,  and  is  now  (1879)  owned  by  William  Billings,  Esq. 

"Zechariah  Field  was  the  first  of  the  names  to  come  to  America  from  England, 
in  1630,  and  he  is  the  ancestor  of  a  large  proportion  of  the  families  of  that  name, 
not  only  in  New  England,  but  in  the  United  States.  He  was  in  Boston  and  Dor- 
chester and  moved  thence  to  Hartford,  Conn.,  going  through  the  wilderness  to  the 
Connecticut  river,  where  he  was  one  of  the  first  settlers.  He  owned  large  tracts  of 
land  there,  some  of  which  are  now  in  the  heart  of  the  city  of  Hartford,  one  of  these 
is  now  crossed  by  Asylum  street,  and  is  adorned  by  some  of  its  most  beautiful  resi- 
dences in  that  city.  In  1644  dissensions  arose  in  the  church,  which  could  not  be 
successfully  reconciled.  He,  with  others  of  the  early  settlers,  bought  nine  miles 
square  of  land  lying  north  of  Mt.  Holyoke.  Mr.  Field  settled  in  the  part  now 
named  Northampton.  In  1661  a  grant  was  given  him  in  the  part  now  Hatfield,  to 
which  place  he  moved,  and  there  passed  the  remainder  of  his  days." 

"Zechariah  was  the  first  to  make  his  home  in  New  England,  and  has  the  most 
numerous  descendants,  being  the  ancestor  not  only  of  a  large  proportion  of  the 
families  of  the  name  of  Field  in  New  England,  but  in  the  United  States.  He  emi- 
grated and  landed  in  Boston  in  1629,  and  settled  in  Dorchester.  In  1636  a  number  of 
English  emigrants,  among  whom  was  Zechariah  Field,  removed  from  Cambridge, 
Dorchester  and  Watertown  to  Connecticut,  and  settled  in  the  towns  of  Hartford, 
Wethersfield  and  Windsor.     Zechariah  settled  in  Hartford,   and  his  residence  was 


upon  Sentinel  Hill,  near  the  north  end  of  Main  street.  He  also  owned 
lands  upon  which  is  Asylum  street.  The  early  historians  of  Connecticut  speak 
of  these  emigrants  as  among  the  earliest  planters  in  the  state,  and  were  all 
well-to-do  persons.  In  1658.  after  the  death  of  Rev.  Thomas  Hooker,  the 
first  minister  of  the  church  in  Hartford,  a  serious  controversy  arose  in 
that  and  the  neighboring  churches  of  Windsor  and  Wethersfield,  in  rela- 
tion to  the  "qualification  for  baptism,  church  membership  and  the  rights  of 
the  brotherhood,"  and  all  efforts  at  reconciliation  proving  unsuccessful,  the  minor- 
ity in  the  churches  of  Hartford  and  vicinity,  with  the  view  of  extricating  them- 
selves and  their  children  from  these  ecclesiastical  dissensions,  and  being  attracted 
by  the  beautiful  and  productive  meadows  on  the  Connecticut  river  above  North- 
ampton, associated  themselves  together  to  the  number  of  sixty,  of  whom  Zechariah 
Field  was  one,  purchased  of  the  Nonotuck  Indians  on  the  east  side  of  the  river  a 
tract  of  land  nine  miles  square,  extending  from  Mount  Holyoke  to  Napasoneag 
brook,  nearly  twelve  miles  up  and  down  the  river,  which  included  the  town  of 
Hadley,  and  parts  of  the  towns  of  Amherst,  Granby,  Leverett  and  Sunderland. 
They  also  purchased  the  same  year  of  the  Northampton  proprietors  Capawonk, 
which  included  Hatfield  meadow  and  Hockanum,  on  the  east  side  of  the  river, 
opposite  Northampton.  In  1659  fifty-nine  of  these  associates  came  up  to  Hadley, 
where  forty-six  remained,  and  thirteen  came  across  the  river,  and  mostly  settled  in 
Hatfield.  Mr.  Field  settled  in  Northampton,  where  he  was  engaged  in  mercantile 
business  and  had  a  large  trade  with  the  Indians.  He  was  one  of  the  twenty-five 
persons  who  engaged  to  settle  in  what  is  now  Hatfield.  They  were  to  have  their 
houses  built  and  occupy  them  before  Michaelmas  (Sept.  29,  1661).  His  home  lot 
contained  eight  acres,  and  was  the  first  lot  south  of  the  Northampton  road,  where 
the  dwelling  of  William  Billings  now  (1S80)  stands.  Referring  to  the  causes  which  led 
these  people  to  leave  their  newly  acquired  homes  in  Connecticut,  and  go  forth  into  the 
wilderness  and  make  for  themselves  new  homes,  where  dangers  were  ever  present. 
True,  they  bought  the  lands  from  the  Indians  and  the  title  deed  signed  by  Umpan- 
chala  and  his  brother,  Etowomq,  granting  the  land  from  Mill  river,  or  Capawonk, 
to  the  north  side  of  the  great  meadows,  and  to  extend  back  westerly  from  the 
Connecticut  river  nine  miles.  Yet  this  gave  them  no  immunity  from  the  continual 
alarms  ot  Indian  warfare  which  soon  after  sprung  up,  and  was  nearly  continuous 
until  the  capture  of  the  Canada's  by  the  English  and  colonists  which  resulted  in  the 
peace  of  Paris  in  1763." — Rodney  Field. 

The  early  portion  of  the  history  of  Hatfield  will  be  found  in  the  history  ot 
Hadley,  of  which  it  originally  formed  a  part.  With  Hadley,  it  was  settled  in  1659, 
and,  although  it  was  municipally  and  ecclesiastically  a  portion  of  Hadley,  it  began 
at  an  early  day  to  transact  certain  kinds  of  business  independently,  in  what  were 
denominated  "side  meetings,"  the  "side"  having  reference  to  the  opposite  side  of 
the  river  from  the  center  of  jurisdiction.  The  inconveniences  resulting  from  the 
necessity  of  crossing  the  river  to  attend  meetings,  were  felt  from  the  first,  and 
when  the  population  had  been  somewhat  increased,  in  the  passage  of  a  few  years, 
they  gave  rise  to  a  controversy  which  at  last  resulted  in  the  establishment  of  the 
town  of  Hatfield.  Petitions  and  manifestoes,  almost  without  number,  were  sent  to 
the  General  Court  from  both  sides. 

The  Hartford,  Conn.,  land  records  have  a  large  number  of  conveyances,  gjrantor 
and  grantee  of  Zechariah  Field  (1639  to  1662).  Those  old  transfers  were  not  much 
more  than  a  memorandum. 

The  most  prominent  and  controlling  cause  which  led  to  the  settling  of  Hadley 
and  Hatfield  was,  without  a  doubt,  the  disagreement  that  arose  in  the  churches, 
that  had  been  planted  at  Hartford,  Wethersfield  and  Windsor,  Conn. 


Hubbard  says  that  the  disagreements  ended  in  the  removal  of  one  part  of  the 
church  to  Hadley  and  Hatfield.  The  cause  of  disagreement  was  simply  this: 
Quite  a  minority  in  these  churches  held  to  different  views  relating  to  qualifications 
tor  baptism,  church  membership  and  the  rights  of  the  brotherhood.  As  relating 
to  baptism,  the  minority  held  that  it  parents  were  respectable  and  not  open  to 
reproach  for  bad  conduct,  on  their  consenting  to  the  covenant,  they  should  have 
their  children  baptized.  A  matter  of  vital  importance,  as  it  was  supposed  and 
believed  that  without  this  rite  having  been  administered,  the  child  dying  would  be 
forever  lost,  even  before  it  came  to  a  knowledge  of  good  and  evil.  And  then  some 
believed  that  no  one  should  be  permitted  to  enjoy  church  membership,  except  those 
that  gave  some  evidence  of  their  faith;  while  the  minority  wanted  all  to  be  admitted 
to  the  Lord's  table,  who  had  competent  knowledge,  and  who  were  not  immoral, 
though  not  claiming  to  have  been  regenerated.  And  then  the  minority  were  in 
favor  of  congregational  form  of  government  rather  than  a  government  by  the  elders 
and  clergy. 

Thus  we  see  the  causes  which  led  these  people  to  leave  their  homes  and  go 
forth  into  the  wilderness,  and  make  for  themselves  new  homes,  where  dangers 
were  even  present.  True,  they  bought  their  lands  of  the  Indians,  and  the  title 
deed,  signed  by  Umpanchala,  and  his  brother.  Etowomq,  granting  the  land  from 
Mill  river,  or  Capawonk,  to  the  north  side  of  the  Great  or  North  Meadows,  and  to 
extend  back  westerly  from  the  Connecticut  river  nine  miles.  Yet  this  gave  them  no 
immunity  from  the  dangers  resulting  from  the  almost  constant  roar  maintained  by 
the  various  Indian  tribes  all  along  our  frontier  settlements.  Among  those  who 
cared  more  for  free  religious  thought  and  action  then  he  did  for  sitting  supinely  by 
and  allowing  the  minister  to  do  the  thinking  for  him,  was  the  ancestor  of  our 
worthy  host,  Zechariah  Field.  Indeed  he  dared  leave  his  house  and  lands,  and 
although  then  three  score  years  old,  to  leave  all  and  go  out  into  a  new  land,  and 
built  tor  himself  a  new  home,  where  Indians  roamed  the  fields,  fished  in  our 
brooks,  hunted  in  our  woods,  and  planted  corn  in  our  meadows,  sold  brooms  to 
our  housewives,  begged  cold  victuals,  and  strong  water  when  they  could  get  it, 
from  our  very  religious  ancestors  in  times  of  peace.  But  when  ere  long,  strife 
was  engendered  and  ruthless  savage  warfare  was  waged  around  our  little  frontier 
settlements;  then,  indeed,  the  faith  and  trust  of  these  noblemen,  was  equal  to 
the  occasion,  and  while  they  bravely  defended  their  wives  and  little  ones  from 
the  savage  foe  with  such  skill  and  power  as  they  possessed  they  never  forgot  the 
great  facts  of  their  faith  and  calmly  trusted  in  the  Lord  for  that  deliverance  which 
He  alone  could  give. 

155.  i.  MARY,  b.  about  1643;  rn.  Oct.  6,  1663,  Joshua  Carter,  Jr.,  of 
Northampton.  He  was  b.  in  1638;  was  son  of  Joshua,  of  Dorches- 
ter, Windsor  and  Hartford.  Was  in  Northampton  in  1660,  and 
was  one  of  the  first  settlers  in  Deerfield;  was  constable  in  1674, 
and  was  one  of  the  ill-fated  ones  who  tell  with  Captain  Lathrope. 
He  was  killed  by  Indians  with  Captain  Lathrope,  at  Bloody  brook, 
Sept.  18,  1675.  He  was  removing  some  of  his  effects  to  North- 
ampton tor  safety  where  his  family  soon  went.  Ch. :  i.  Child,  b. 
Feb.  27,  1664;  d.  May  17,  1664.  2.  Abigail,  b.  Feb.  11,  1666.  3. 
Joshua,  b.  June  6,  1668;  m.  Mary  Skinner;  removed  to  Hartford. 
4.  Jacob  Benton,  b.  Sept.  21,  1698;  m.  July  6,  1724,  Abigail  Cas- 
tee,  dau.  of  Joshua,  third.  5.  Timothy  Dodd,  Sr.,  bap.  Aug.  17, 
1724;  m.  Abigail  Benton,  dau.  of  Jacob.  6.  Dorus  Barnard,  b. 
Dec.  10,  1758;  m.  Oct.  12,  1780,  Abigail  Dodd,  dau.  of  Timothy, 
Sr.      7.  Lemuel  Steele,  Jr.,  b.  Aug.  22,  1787;  m.   Nov.  29,  1810, 



Tabitha  Barnard,  dau.  of  Dorus.  8.  John  F.  Steele,  b.  March  i2, 
1822;  m.  Sept.  2,  1846,  Frances  Mary,  dau.  of  Oliver  Steele.  9. 
Frederick  Morgan  Steele,  b.  Nov.  27,  1851;  m.  Nov.  6,  1883,  Ella 
A.,  dau.  of  William  H.  H.  Pratt.  Frederick  M.  Steele  is  president 
of  the  Chicago  Forge  and  Bolt  Co.,  with  works  and  office  at 
Fortieth  street  and  Stewart  avenue,  Chicago,  111.     4.  Joseph,  prob. 

5  ''^156.     ii.        ZECHARIAH.  b.  about  1645;  m.  Sarah  Webb. 

moV'  157.     iii.       JOHN,  b.  about  1648;  m.  Mary  Edwards. 

158.     iv.       SAMUEL,  b.  about  1651;  m.  Sarah  Gilbert. 
— - —     159.     v.        JOSEPH,  b.  about  1658;  m.  Joanna  Wyatt  and  Mary  Belding. 

113.     JAMES  FIELD  (Matthew.  John,  Richard,   William.  William,  Thomas, 

Thomas,  John,  Thomas,  Roger),  b.  East  Ardsley,  England,  in  1591 ;  m.  Margaret , 

named  in  the  parish  register  of  Thurnscoe.  James  Feild,  of  Thurnscoe,  described 
as  son  and  heir  in  a  bond  dated  July  6,  1617.  Called  "eldest  brother"  in  Matthew's 
will,  who  bequeathed  to  his  children  ;i^2o.  Succeeded  to  the  manor  of  Thurnscoe 
on  the  death  of  his  father  in  1631,  being  then  forty  years  of  age.  He  resided  at 
Thurnscoe.  Some  of  the  parish  records  in  which  church  his  children  were  baptized 
in  1630,  are  quite  obliterated.     He  d. ;  res.  Thurnscoe,  England. 

JAMES,  bap.  Aug.  17,  1628. 

WILLIAM,  bap.  May  4,  1630. 

ROBERT,  bap.  Jan.  27,  1632. 

JUDITH,  b. ;  m.  Nov.  7,  1646,  John  Sylvester,  Gent,  of  Mans- 

ANNE,  bap.  June  23,  1639;  d.  April  9,  1640. 

MATTHEW  FIELD  (Matthew,  John,  Richard,  William.  William, 
Thomas,  Thomas,  John,  Thomas,  Roger),  bap.  March  12,  1608,  East  Ardsley, 
England;  m.  Margaret  Feild,  daughter  of  Robert;  buried  at  East  Ardsley,  June  14, 
1632.  Matthew  Feild,  of  East  Ardsley,  baptized  there  March  12,  1608-9.  Will 
dated  Jan.  10,  1638-9,  proved  April  19,  1639.  He  values  his  estate  at  "noe  less  than 
1440  pounds."  He  leaves  ^^400  to  his  son  Matthew,  who  appears  to  have  been  his 
only  child,  and  gives  him  the  disposal  of  ;^ioo  when  he  was  sixteen  years  of  age. 
There  is  a  legacy  of  ^20  to  his  brother  James  and  to  his  daughter  Judith  Field, 
now  with  me,  Fyve  pounds.  To  my  brother  William  Feild,  ;^2o;  to  my  brother 
John  Feild,  ;{J30;  to  my  cozin  (nephew)  Gervis  Smith,  who  is  at  Cambridge  five 
pounds;  to  my  sister  Shawe,  forty  shillings;  to  my  sister  Anne  Farmer,  twenty 
pounds;  to  my  brother  Gervaise  Smith's  children,  equally  ^^lo.  He  speaks  of  his 
brother  James'  children.  There  are  other  legacies  to  friends,  servants  and  the  poor 
of  Ardsley.  He  appoints  his  father-in-law,  Mr.  Robert  Field,  his  brother  James 
Feild,  and  his  brother-in-law  Gervis  Smith,  supervisors.  The  entry  in  the  parish 
register  shows  his  wife  died  before  he  did.  He  d.  April,  1639;  res.  East  Ards- 
ley, England. 

165.     i.         MATTHEW,  b.  about  1631.      Matthew  Feild,  only  child  named  in 
his  father's  will  in  1638-9;  not  then  16  years  of  age. 

121.     HON.  JOHN  FIELD  (William,  John,  Richard,  William,  William*),  b. 

prob.  in  Thurnscoe,  England;  m. ;  she  d.  in  1686.     His  estate  was  admr.  upon 

Mar.  22,  1686. 

Aug.  20,  1637 — at  this  date  or  a  little  later,  he  and  twelve  others  signed  the  fol- 
lowing compact: 

"We  whose  names  are  hereunder,  desirous  to  inhabit  in  the  town  of  Provi- 













*For  convenience  we  drop  the  names  of  the  early  ancestors.    See  former  generation. 


dence,  do  promise  to  subject  ourselves  in  active  or  passive  obedience,  to  all  such 
orders  or  agreements  as  shall  be  made  for  public  good  of  the  body,  in  au  orderly 
way,  by  the  major  assent  of  the  present  inhabitants,  masters  ot  families  incorpo- 
rated together  into  a  town  tellowship,  and  such  others  whom  they  shall  admit  unto 
them,  only  in  civil  things." 

July  27,  1640,  he  and  thirty-eight  others  signed  an  agreement  for  form  of  gov- 
ernment; Jan.  27,  1645,  he  bought  twenty-five  acres  and  a  share  of  meadow  of 
Ezekiel  Holiman;  in  1655,  he  was  a  freeman;  Oct.  8,  i65g,  was  on  the  jury;  Feb. 
19,  1665,  in  a  division  ot  lots  he  drew  number  five;  in  1676,  he  was  a  deputy;  July 
t,  1679,  Zachary  Field  and  his  father  were  taxed  together;  Nov.  22,  1686,  his  will 
was  exhibited  by  son  Zachariah  for  probate,  but  the  executrix  not  appearing,  and 
no  witnesses  cited,  and  the  legatees  having  already  proceeded  in  division,  etc.,  the 
town  council  refused  to  probate  it.     Inventory  ^34,  19s,  6d. 

Here  is  a  copy  of  a  remarkable  paper.  Some  years  ago  while  collating  and 
arranging  the  old  papers  of  the  town  of  Providence,  it  was  necessary  to  detach 
a  lot  of  old  papers  that  had  been  pasted  into  scrap  books.  One  of  these  papers 
which  had  a  return  ot  the  property  of  Joseph  Jenks  (liable  to  be  taxed)  upon  being 
"soaked  off"  of  the  page  had  upon  the  other  side  the  writing  which  is  here  copied. 
It  is  in  the  handwriting  of  Thos.  Olny,  long  the  town  clerk,  and  refers  to  the  first 
John  Field  ot  Providence  without  doubt.  It  was  evidently  the  beginning  of  some 
instrument  which  he  had  been  commissioned  to  prepare,  and  was  left  unfinished, 
for  what  reason  it  would  now  be  impossible  to  tell.     It  was  written  in  1686  or  1687. 

Yours  very  truly,  EDWARD  FIELD. 

Providence,  January,  1900. 


"Whereas  there  was  by  James  Field  of  St.  Albans  in  Hertfordshire,  who  is 
some  time  since  deceased  a  bequest  made  of  one  hundred  pounds  the  which  by  his 
last  will  and  testament  he  gave  and  bequeathed  unto  his  brother  John  Field  dwell- 
ing in  Providence  in  New  Eogland;  and  if  he  were  dead  then  ye  said  moneys  to  be 
divided  amongst  his  children.  And  whereas  ye  sayd  John  Field  is  deceased  and 
ye  sayd  legacye  not  yet  payd.     Be  it  known." — Providence  Town  Papers,  01 103. 

Early  records  of  town  of  Providence,  vol.  i,  p.  112,  is  a  deed  signed  by  James 

Mathewson,   badly  torn,  dated  20th  day  of ,  16—;  "the  other  two  akres  and 

halfe  from  Father  in  law  John  Field  of  Providence." 

B.  1,  p.  95,  Early  Records.  1661,  7  mo.,  21  d.  From  William  Field  60  acres  of 
land  on  Waubosset  Plain  on  S.  E.  side  of  Long  Pond. 

6,  47.  Will  of  James  Mathewson,  date  Aug.  24,  1682,  presented  Oct.  10,  1682. 
Hannah  widow  apptd.  Administratrix.  See  copy  of  Will  in  6-59.  He  speaks  of  son 
Zachariah  and  of  a  child  unborn— also  of  daughters. 

Early  Records  of  Providence,  vol.  6,  p.  153.  March  22,  16S5-6.  Whereas  Zach- 
ary Field  hath  this  day  exhibitted  to  ye  Council  a  writtemg  which  he  sayth  is  his 
Father  (John  Field  deceased)  his  last  will,  proposing  to  the  Councill  concerning 
probation  thereof,  but  the  Executrix  not  appearing  to  propegate  the  same  nor  to 
give  in  bond,  nor  no  wittnesses  appear  to  give  in  testimony  upon  the  same.  And 
upon  examination  of  the  said  writeing  it  appeareth  dubious  in  itself.  And  finding 
that  the  legatees  have  before  proceeded  to  action  as  to  the  Estate  therein  contained, 
the  Council  do  not  at  present  see  their  way  clear  to  proceed  to  a  probation  thereof. 

The  Inventory  of  the  Estate  of  the  deceased  John  Field  also  brought  this  day 
before  the  Council  and  hath  been  by  ye  Council  so  far  taken  notice  of  as  that  it  is 
attested  by  William  Hopkins.     It  as  appears  amounts  to  ;^34 — 19 — 6. 


John  Field  was  probably  living  in  May,  1684,  as  the  Town  Council  were  notified 
to  meet  at  his  house. 

Early  Records,  vol.  8,  p.  12.     1676,  Aug.    14.      John  Field  was  one  of  twenty- 
seven  who  "staid  and  went  not  away."     This  is  an  error. 

Gorton  S.  D.     1644,  Jan.  30.     One  of  twelve  who  testified  of  the  cruelties  of 
the  Massachusetts  men  in  relation  to  Gorton. 
He  d.  in  March,  16S6;  res.  Providence,  R.  I. 

166.     i.         HANNAH,  b. ;  m.  in  Providence.  James  Mathewson;  d.  1682; 

m.  2d,  Henry  Brown,  b.  1625,  d.  Feb.  20,  1703,  s.  p.;  he  was 
deputy  in  16S0.  Hannah  d.  in  1703;  res.  Providence,  R.  1.  Chil- 
dren: I.  Ruth,  m.  Benjamin  Whipple.  2.  James,  b.  Aug.  11, 
1666;  m.  April  5,  1696,  Elizabeth  Clemence.  3.  John,  m.  Deliver- 
ance Malavery.  4.  Isabel,  m.  John  Brown.  5.  Thomas,  b.  April 
I,  1673;  m.  Martha  Field,  daughter  of  Thomas  (see)     6.  Lydia. 

7.  Zachariah,  m.  Sarah and  Joanna  Eddy.     8.  Daniel,  b.  Jan. 

28,    1682:   m.   Sarah    Inman,    Esther ,    Chanty   Truman  and 

Lydia  Montague.  Children:  Daniel,  b.  March  5,  1704:  m.  Oct.  7, 
1731,  Lydia  Edmunds,  daughter  of  Wm.  and  Alice;  m.  2d,  Meri- 

bah  .     Children:     ix.  Noah.      2.    Abraham.      3.    Daniel.     4. 

Lydia.     5.  Avis.     6.  Keziah.     ix.  Noah,  b.  in  1734;  m.  Judith—. 
He  d.  in  1824,  "a  patriot  of  the  Revolution,"  aged  90  yrs.     Chil- 
dren: I.  Charles.     2.  Asa.     3.  Lucretia.    4x.  Dorcas.     5.  Rhoda. 
6.  Joseph.     7.  Benjamin.     8.  Noah.    9.  Judith.     10.  Daniel.     4x. 
Dorcas,  daughter  of  Noah  and  Judith  Mathewson,  b.  Dec.  7,  1762; 
d.  April  5,  1S47;  m.  Willard  Eddy,  who  had  been  a  soldier  in  the 
Revolutionary  war,   in  the  year  1782,  Dec.  11.     They  settled  in 
Gloucester,  R.  I.,  whence  they  removed  to  Richfield,  Otsego  Co., 
N.  Y.     Children:     i.  Mathewson.     2.  Otis.     3.  Rhoda.     4.  Han- 
nah.    5x.  Elizabeth.     6.  Nancy.    7-  Lydia.    5x.    Elizabeth  Eddy, 
m.  Joseph  Beardsley,  son  of  Obadiah  and  Eunice  Beardsley,  Jan.  4, 
1819,  at  Richfield,  Otsego  Co.,  N.  Y.     Children:      i.  Dorcas,  m. 
Stephen  H.  Lathrop,  a  banker  ot  Oswego,   N.  Y.      2.    Joseph,  a 
physician.      3.    Frances,  m.   Erastus  Clark,   a  lawyer  of    Utica. 
N.  Y.    4x.  Lydia,  m.  Floyd  Cushman  Shepard,  a  banker,  of  Ilion, 
N.  Y.     5.  Lewis,  m.  Charlotte  Judah.    6.  Mary,  m.  Maj.  Edmund 
Underwood,  U.  S.  A.     7.  Anna,  m.  Alexander  Seward,  a  lawyer 
of  Utica,  N,  Y.    4x.  Lydia  Louise  Bardsley,  m.   Floyd  Cushman 
Shepard,  Jan.   12,  1847,  at  Richfield,  N.  Y.      He  was  b.  Sept.  21, 
1824;  d,  Nov.  2.  1894.     Children:     ix.  Mary  Louise,  b.  April  24, 
1848;  m.  Oct.  8,  1873.     2.  Alfred,  b.  Feb.  6,  1851;  m.  Oct..  1875. 
3.  Fanny,  b.    1853:   unmarried.      4.    Harry,  b.  1855;  d.  1874.     5- 
Elizabeth,  b.  1857;    m.  F.  Armstrong,  Oct.  5.  1877;  d.  Sept.,  1892. 
6.    Robert,  b.    1859,   unmarried.      7.    Kate,  b.  1862;    d.  1875.     8. 
Floyd,  b.  1864;  d.  1864.    9.  Grace,  b.  1865;  unmarried.    10.  Alice, 
b.  1867;  m.  A.  Richardson.      11.  Floy,   b.  1870;   m.  F   C.  Brooks. 
IX.  Mary  Louise  m.    Gilbert  W.Warren,  b.   Sept.    5.  1843;    res. 
Ilion,  N.  Y.     He  is  a  manufacturer.    Children:    i.  Fanny  Louise, 
b.  Dec.  17,  1877,  at  Saginaw,  Mich.;  d,  at  Ilion,  N.  Y.,  June  21, 
1878.     2.  Gilbert  Watson,  b.  Aug.  15.  1883,  at  Indianapolis,  Ind. ; 
now  lives  at  Ilion,  N.  Y.     3.  Anna  Raymond  Beardsley,  b.  March 
22,  1887,  at  Ilion,  N.  Y. ;  d.  Dec.  19,  1894. 
167.     ii.        JOHN,  b.  about  1645 ;  m.  Elizabeth  Everden. 


i68.  iii.  DANIEL,  b. ;  d.  unm.  Aug  ,  1676.  May,  1671,  he  gave  allegi- 
ance to  King  Charles  II.  Aug.,  1679,  he  was  buried.  He  and 
— another  buried  at  about  same  time— were  called  "in  the  flower 
of  their  youth." 

169.  iv.       ZACHARIAH,  b.  about  1650;  m.  Sarah  Thornton. 

170.  V.        RUTH,  b. ;  m.  Jan.  7,  1669,  John  Angell,  b.  16^6.     He  d.  July 

27,  1720;  she  d.  1727.  He  was  son  of  Thomas  of  Salem,  who  came 
over  in  the  ship  Lyon  for  Boston.  Went  to  Salem,  returned  to 
Boston,  and  with  four  others  went  to  Providence  with  Roger 
Williams.  John  remained  in  Providence  during  King  Philip's 
war,  and  had  a  share  of  the  captive  Indians.  In  1686  he  was  dep- 
ut}-.  He  gave  his  son  John  his  mansion  house  and  land  on  both 
sides  of  Woonasquatucket  river.  His  wife  Ruth,  Sept.  30,  1720, 
was  administratrix  with  son  Hope.      Children:      i.    Thomas,    b. 

March  25,  1672.     2,  Mercy,  b.  1675.     3.  John,  b,  .     4.  Daniel, 

b.  May  2,  1680.     5.  James,  b,  1684.     6.  Hope,  b.  Dec.  12,  1685. 

122.     WILLIAM   FIELD  (William,  John,   Richard,   William,  William*),  b.  in 

Thurnscoe,    England,   prob.   m.   in  England,   Deborah ;    she  d.  s.  p.  in  1679. 

On  account  of  religious  persecution  he  fled  to  Wales  and  as  soon  as  possible  there- 
after came  to  America.  From  Providence  R.  I.  Records  B.  2,  p.  140.  To  Richard 
Burden  of  Portsmouth,  May  17,  1658-59. 

B.  2,  p.  142.  Of  William  Burrows,  Nov.  30,  1660. 

B.  2,  p.  353.  Of  Edward  Harte,  March  5,  1641 ;  joins  with  R.  Williams. 

B.  I,  p.  66.     To  Thomas  Olney,  Sen.,  Apr.  14,  1645,  for  good  consideration. 

B.  I,  p.  66.     To  Thomas  Olney,  Sen.,  for  good  consideration. 

Complains  against  Gorton  in  1643. 

Assistant  1650,  1658,  1660. 

Mentioned  in  Charter  of  1663. 

Early  Records,  Prov.,  B.  2,  p.  37.  Feb.  2,  1659,  John  Warner  apprenticed  to 
Wm.  Field  for  7  years. 

B.  8,  p.  24.  Jan.  28,  1677,  Thomas  Field,  heir  of  William  Field,  deceased, 
granted  privilege  of  recording  his  deeds. 

B.  8,  p.  48.  April  28,  1679,  Arthur  Fenner  granted  permission  to  record  deeds 
of  land  purchased  of  William  Field  in  1657. 

Mrs.  Brownell.     "William  was  son  of  William  who  was  born  in  1571. 

William  was  son  of  Sir  John  who  died  1587. 

John  was  son  of  Richard  who  died  1542. 

Richard  was  grandson  of  William  who  died  1480." 

Staples  Annals,  p.  168.  William  Field's  house  was  fortified  and  made  a  garri- 
son house  during  Philip's  war.  The  house  was  on  South  Main  street,  near  Provi- 
dence Bank  Building. 

Will  of  William  Field.  Probate  Docket,  Vol.  1.  No.  A 16.  Early  Records, 
Vol.  7,  p.  225.  Lett  all  men  know  before  whome  these  presentes  shall  come;  That 
l^WiUiam  fBeld  of  providence  in  Rhoade  Jland  and  providence  CoUonie,  or  planta- 
tions in  in  New-England;  being  weake  in  Bodye,  but  perfect  in  my  Memorie;  and 
not  knoweing  how  the  wise  God  may  disposse  of  me  Either  to  life  or  death  And 
willing  to  Sett  all  my  Earthly,  &  worldly  Estate  in  order  that  there  maj'  be  no  dis- 
traction therein  when  1  am  departed  this  world ;  I  doe  ordaine  this  as  my  last  will 
&_Testament;  Jtem,  I  doe  give  unto  my  deare  &  loving  Cousen  Thomas  fiield  now 
at  providence  with  me  all  that  Cargo  that  is  now  upon  Sending  to  the  Barbados, 

*  For  convenience  names  of  early  ancestors  are  dropped.     See  preceding  generation. 


as  also  all  my  norse  kind  that  I  have,  Saving  those  which  I  Shall  hereafter  Ex- 
presse;  Also  I  doe  Give  &  bequeath  unto  my  Said  Cousen  Thomas  f&eld  foure 
HeifEers  which  at  preseant  are  at  Neotaconitt  at  Henry  ffowlars;  Also  I  doe  Give 
unto  my  forsaid  Cousen  that  Right  of  my  Land  which  I  have  at 
also  my  Right  in  that  land  which  belongeth  to  me  above  pauchassett  River,  which 
is  now  in  Controvercy  with  Some  men  of  Warwick,  I  meane  that  above  pauchassett, 
as  I  chalenge  in  the  Right  of  pautuxett ;  Also  1  give  unto  my  said  Cousen  those  my 
ffurres  which  I  have  in  my  howse  at  this  presant.  Jtem  I  give  &  bequeath  unto  my 
Servant  John  Warner,  one  young  Maare,  being  that  mare  which  goeth  at  Warwick, 
or  that  lately  there  went.  Jtem  I  doe  bequeath  unto  my  deare  &  loveing  wife  Two 
mares  and  one  Coalt,  the  one  mare  is  the  old  mare  which  I  bought  of  Robert  Mar- 
tin, with  that  Colt  of  the  Said  mare,  which  is  the  Coalt  Expressed.  The  other 
mare,  is  that  mare  which  I  bought  of  Abiah  Carpenter;  Also  I  doe  give  unto  my 
Said  wife  all  the  rest  of  my  Cattell  which  I  have  not  before  Expressed,  of  what 
kind  soever  they  be  both  Small  and  great,  to  be  her  owne  proper  Goodes ;  As  also 
1  doe  give  unto  her  all  the  rest  of  my  Goodes:  and  moveables:  as  well  that 
which  is  as  Yett  coming  to  me  from  the  Barbados,  which  is  from  thence  due  to  me, 
as  the  rest  which  belongeth  to  me ;  As  also  all  my  tackling  about  Cartagge,  as 
Cartes  yoakes  &cr:  and  all  tooles  whatso  Ever  to  me  belonging;  Also  I  doe  be- 
queath unto  my  Saide  wife  duering  her  ^life,  all  my  home  stall,  or  dwelling  place 
that  I  am  at  presant  possessed  with.  As  howses,  and  Barne  and  Barnes,  or  out 
howsen  goeing  under  what  name  so  Ever,  &  the  land  with  the  Said  howses :  As 
also  I  doe  give  unto  my  Said  wife  duering  her  said  Liffe  all  my  upland  in  Saxaffrax 
neck,  as  also  all  my  meaddow  at  pomeconssett  or  that  goeth  under  that  name,  as 
also  I  doe  give  unto  my  Saide  wife  all  my  Land  which  lieth  in  the  Neck  to  make 
use  of  duering  her  life,  and  all  my  other  Landes  whereso  Ever  not  before  Ex- 
pressed. And  after  her  desease  my  will  is  that  all  the  howses,  &  Landes  before 
Expressed  Shall  goe  or  belong  unto  the  forsaid  Thomas  ffield,  or  to  his  Heirs,  or 
Assignes ;  or  so  many  of  the  Said  howses  or  Bamnes,  as  shall  be  then  Standing, 
Also  I  leave  my  wiflfe  my  tull  &  Lawfull  Exsecutnx,  both  to  pay  my  Debtes,  as 
also  to  receive  my  debtes  due  to  me  from  any,  as  also  to  se  my  Bodye  decently 
Buried ;  Jn  wittnesse  of  this  my  will  I  have  Sett  to  my  hand  &  Seale  this  one  & 
Thirtieth  day  of  May,  and  in  the  Yeare  of  Christ  one  Thousand,  six  hundred,  Sixty 

Signed,  Sealed,  and  Delivered  The 

in  the  presence  of  vs  marke  X  of  William 

Thomas  Oluey  Senior  fieild 

The  marke  X  of  Thomas 

Thomas  Olney  Junior: 

Memorandum  before  these  presentes  were  Sealed,  his  will  is,  that  his  Servant  John 

Warner  Shall  Serve  his  Tyme  out  with  his  now  Dame. 

A  True  Copie  Copied  June  the  third,  1665  P  nie  Tho: 
Olney  Junior  Clarke  of  the  Towne  of  providence ; 
This  is  aproved  of  by  me 

William  Carpenter  Asistant. 
He  d.  in  May  or  June,  1665;  res.,  s.  p.,  Providence,  R.  I. 

123.     THOMAS  FIELD  (William,  John,  Richard,  William,  William*),  b.  prob. 

in  Thumscoe,  England;  m. .     Res.,  Thurnscoe,  England. 

171.     i.         THOMAS,  b.  about  1648;  m.  Martha  Harris. 

_„  •  Names  of  early  ancestors  are  dropped.    See  former  generations. 


126.  LORD  JOSEPH  FEILD  (Edward,  William,  John,  John,  William,  Thomas. 
Thomas,  John.  Thomas,  Roger),  bap.  m  Bradford,  England,  Aug.  2,  1601 ;  settle- 
ment Oct.  10,  1625;  m.  Mary  Rawson.  Joseph  Feild,  of  Shipley,  eldest  son  and  heir 
of  his  father,  was  Lord  of  the  manor  of  Heaton  Oct.  30,  1635,  heir  to  his  father  as 
per  inquisition  on  the  latter  Aug.  23,  1641,  will  dated  Aug.  25,  1660,  proved  Jan.  9, 
1661.  Mary,  his  wife,  was  daughter  and  co-heir  of  William  Rawson,  of  Braken 
Bank,  in  the  parish  of  Keighley,  an  executrix  of  her  husband's  will,  and  was  buried 
at  Bradford  May  5,  1663. 

Joseph  Feild,  eldest  son  and  heir  of  Edward,  was  baptized  at  Bradford,  Aug. 
22d  or  23d,  1601.  He  remained  at  Shipley,  and  was  lord  of  the  manor  of  Heaton, 
Oct.  30,  1635.  His  wife  was  Mary,  daughter  and  co-heiress  of  William  Rawson,  ot 
Braken  Bank,  parish  ot  Keighley.  Joseph  Feild's  will  is  dated  Aug.  25,  1660,  and  was 
proved  Jan.  g,  1661.  He  names  in  it  his  wife,  Mary,  sons  John  and  Jeremy,  and 
daughters  Mary  and  Anne ;  the  latter,  wife  ot  William  Parkinson.  Also  his  grand- 
children, Joseph  and  Mary,  children  ot  his  son  Jeremy.  Mary,  widow  of  Joseph 
Feild,  was  buried  at  Bradford,  May  5,  1663.  The  following  children  of  Joseph  and 
Mary  are  named  in  the  pedigree:  Anne,  baptized  at  Bradford,  Jan.  18,  1626-7, 
married  to  William  Parkinson,  both  living  Aug.  25,  1660;  John,  eldest  son  and  heir, 
baptized  March  30,  1628.  of  Heaton.  Will  made  about  Oct.  13,  1712.  Buried  at 
Bradford,  October  i8th  the  same  year.  Administration  granted  at  York,  June  16, 
1713.  Joshua  baptized  at  Bradford  March  27,  1631,  buried  there  Nov.  14,  1632. 
Jeremiah,  second  son,  baptized  at  Bradford  July  27,  1634,  living  at  Hipperholme 
from  1660  to  1672,  after  of  Chellow  in  Heaton,  where  he  died;  buried  May  7,  1705. 
He  married  at  Bradford,  Nov.  2,  1658,  Judith,  daughter  of  William  Walker,  ot 
Scoles,  in  the  parish  of  Birstall.  It  would  appear  from  the  pedigree  that  John,  eld- 
est son  of  Joseph  and  Mary  Feild,  was  never  married.  He  d.  January,  1661.  Res. 
Shipley,  England. 

172.  i.         ANNE,  bap.  Bradford  Jan.   18,  1626;  m.  William  Parkinson,  Esq., 

named  in  her  father's  will;  had  several  children. 

173.  ii.        JOHN,  bap.  Bradford,  March  25,  1628.      John   Feild,    of   Heaton, 

eldest  son  and  heir,  baptized  at  Bradford,  March  25,  1628;  will 
made  171 2;  buried  October  iS  that  year  s.  p.  Administration 
granted  at  York  June  16,  1713  ;  named  in  his  father's  will.  Estate 
devolved  upon  his  nephew. 

174.  iii.      JOSHUA,  bap.   Bradford  March   26,  1631.     He  married  in   Brad- 

ford, July  10,  1662,  Abigail  Feild,  daughter  of  George,  of  Shipley, 
and  had  a  daughter  Abigail. 

175.  iv.       JEREMIAH,  bap.  Bradford,  July  27,  1634;  m.  Judith  Walker. 

176.  V.         MARY,  bap.  March  31,  1640.   Named  in  her  father's  will  as  executrix. 

136.     WILLIAM  FEILD  (Edward,   Edward,   Christopher,  John,   Christopher, 

John,  Richard,  Thomas,  Adam,  Richard,  Roger),  b.  about  1585;  m.  Elizabeth . 

"William  Feild  de  Wakefield"  is  named  in  the  rolls  in  161 1,  and  in  the  same  year 
"Roger  Feilde  de  Wakefield,  chapman"  took  ot  waste  in  Alverthorpe.  This  Roger 
is  more  fully  referred  to  under  Alverthorpe.  In  1633,  and  again  in  1634,  "William 
Feild  de  Wakefield"  grants  lands  to  his  wife,  Elizabeth,  and  in  the  latter  year,  under 
Wakefield,  Elizabeth  Field  surrenders  Baseynge  to  Thomas  Bedford,  and  Mary,  his 
wife,  a  daughter  of  William  Field;  remainder  to  Edward,  son  of  said  William,  who 
was  probably  dead  at  the  time.     He  d.  prob.  1634.     Res.,  Wakefield,  England. 

177.  i.  MARY,  b. ;  m.  Thomas  Bedford. 

178.  ii.        EDWARD,  b. . 

179.  iii.       WILLIAM,  b. ;  m.  Sarah , 


145.  ROBERT  FIELD  (Robert,  William,  Christopher,  John,  Christopher, 
John,  Richard,  Thomas,   Adam,  Richard,  Roger),   b.  about  1636,  in  Rhode  Island; 

m.  Susannah .     He  was  probably  the  eldest  son.     Land  was  deeded  to  him 

by  his  father  in  1653-54.  He  signed  public  documents  in  1656  and  1657.  Was 
at  Newtown  on  or  before  1670.  Was  named  in  patent  for  that  town  in  1686. 
He  was  constable  April  30,  1685.     Was  a  Quaker  in  religion. 

Mrs.  Field  was  named  in  the  entry  of  the  marriage  of  her  son,  Nathaniel. 

Robert  Field,  junior,  was  probably  the  eldest  son,  as  he  is  the  first  named  in  the 
deed  of  1653-54.  As  already  stated  he  removed  to  the  adjoining  town  of  Newtown 
in  or  before  1670.  He  appears  in  the  records  of  that  place  as  selling  land  there  in 
1671.  He  was  one  of  the  two  overseers  ot  Newtown  in  1672,  1674,  1675,  1678  and 

In  the  valuation  of  estates  there  in  1675,  Robert  Field  had  "30  acres  ot  land,  i 
horse,  2  oxen,  5  cows,  3  three-year-olds,  2  two-year-olds,  i  one  year  old,  twenty 
sheep  and  2  swine,  one  male  person."  The  author  inters  trom  the  last  sentence 
that  all  his  sons  were  then  under  age.  In  1683  Robert  Field  and  Robert  Field,  Jr., 
were  rate-payers  at  Newtown,  and  in  1685  the  names  of  both  are  in  a  list  of  resi- 
dents, and  probably  freeholders  there.  On  Nov.  25,  1686,  Governor  Dongan 
granted  a  new  patent  to  the  inhabitants  of  Newtown,  confirming  their  rights,  which 
mentions  both  Roberts. 

Robert  Field,  of  Newtown,  L.  I.,  to  whom  his  father  granted  lands  by  deed 
Feb.  12,  1653.  He  signed  public  documents  in  1656  and  1657,  and  is  named  in 
patent  of  Flushing  of  1665-6.  He  removed  to  Newtown  in  or  before  1671,  and  is 
named  in  patent  of  that  town  of  Nov.  25,  1686;  died  there  April  13,  1701.  His  wife, 
Susannah,  was  named  in  the  record  of  the  marriage  ot  her  son,  Nathaniel;  sur- 
vived her  husband. 

A  patent  of  confirmation  for  the  lands  in  Flushing,  dated  Feb.  16,  1666,  was 
obtained  from  Governor  NicoUs  by  Robert  (his  father),  Robert  and  his  brother 
Benjamin.     He  d.  April  13,  1701.     Res.,  Newtown,  L.  I. 

180.  i.         ROBERT,  b.  ;  m.  Mrs.  Phebe  (Titus)  Scudder. 

181.  ii.        NATHANIEL,  b. ;  m.  Patience  Bull. 

182.  iii.       ELNATHAN,  b. ;  m.  Elizabeth . 

183.  iv.        BENJAMIN,  b.  ;  m.  Experience  Allen. 

i83>^  v.         AMBROSE,  b. ;  m. . 

184.  vi.        SUSANNAH,  b. ;  m.  Peter  Thorne.      Susannah  declared  her 

intention  of  marrying  with  Isaac  Merritt.  of  Burlington,  N.  J.,  in 
June,  1699.  She  married  Peter  Thorn,  for  he  is  mentioned  in 
Robert  Field's  will.     Dec.  10,  1734. 

146.  ANTHONY  FIELD  (Robert,  William,  Christopher,  John,  Christopher, 
John,  Richard,  Thomas,  Adam,  Richard,  Roger),  b.  prob.  in  Rhode  Island,  in  1638; 
m.  Susannah . 

Anthony  Field,  son  of  the  emigrant,  and  probably  the  second  child,  remained 
at  Flushing.  We  have  seen  that  his  father  deeded  a  house  lot  to  him  in  1653-54, 
and  that  he  signed  public  documents  of  some  importance  in  1656-57.  He  is  named 
in  the  patent  of  confirmation  of  Flushing,  in  1666,  and  also  among  those  who  took 
the  oath  of  allegiance  in  1673. 

A  valuation  of  estates  at  Flushing  was  made  in  1675,  which  has  the  following 
entry:  "Anthony  Feild,  27  acres,  2  horses,  2  oxen,  and  5  cows."  His  name 
occurs  in  a  similar  document  in  1683,  a^s  follows:  "Anthony  Feild,  50  acres,  2 
oxen,  4  cows,  4  swine,  10  sheep."  From  1675  to  1683  he  was  among  the  ratepayers 
ot  Flushing,  and  he  is  one  of  those  to  whom  a  patent  of  confirmation  of  that  town 

108  ^  FIELD    GENEALOGY. 

was  granted  March  23,  1685.  This  is  the  last  occasion  on  which  the  author  finds 
him  mentioned,  and  he  died  before  his  son  Benjamin  married  in  1691,  as  he  is 
spoken  of  in  the  entry  of  it  as '  'deceased. ' '  We  know  from  this  record  that  his  wife, 
who  survived  him,  was  named  Susannah,  but  that  of  her  family  has  not  come  down 
to  us.  We  also  learn  from  it  that  Benjamin  was  not  his  only  son.  His  wife, 
Susannah,  was  named  in  a  letter  to  her  daughter-in-law,  Hannah  Bowne,  living 
Nov.  30,  1 69 1.     Res.  Flushing,  L.  L 

185.  1.         BENJAMIN,  b.  1663;  m.  Hannah  Bowne  and  Elizabeth  Peaks. 

186.  ii.        JOHN,  b.  1659.      He  was  ot  Flushing,  where  his  estate  was  valued 

in  1683,  named  in  patent  of  Flushing,  March  23,  1685  (?),  made 
oath  of  allegiance  in  1673  or  1674.  (Received  from  Governor 
Andros,  between  1674  and  1681,  a  patent  for  land  on  Delaware 
Bay,  New  Jersey,  to  which  state  he  probably  removed.)  He  m. 
Margaret . 



[By  Rev.  Henry  Martyn  Field.] 

Of  those  who  have  made  researches  into  the  genealogy  of  the  Fields  in  this 
country,  few  have  been  able  to  carry  back  the  line  beyond  the  first  ot  the  name  who 
came  to  America.  Even  Mr.  Osgood  Field,  who  has  spent  a  greater  part  of  his  life 
in  England,  and  been  ardent  in  the  search,  is  not  able  to  trace  his  immediate 
ancestors  further  than  to  Great  Horton,  in  Yorkshire.  This  is  about  seven  miles 
from  Ardsley,  where  lived  John  Field,  the  astronomer,  of  whom  he  says:  "We  are 
related  to,  but  not  descended  from,  that  distinguished  man.  and  entitled  to  the 
arms  confirmed  to  him,  but  strictly  speaking,  not  to  the  crest."  He  seems  to  be 
lost  in  attempting  to  trace  the  family  of  John  Field,  and  in  a  brief  account  which  he 
furnished  to  the  "Gentleman's  Magazine,"  supplementary  to  an  article  published 
in  1834,  he  says,  "I  am  unable  to  say  if  any  of  his  descendants,  in  the  male  line, 
are  now  living."  We  regret  to  differ  from  so  high  an  authority,  but  in  our  judg- 
ment, the  proofs  which  follow,  are  decisive  that  there  are  male  descendants  now 
living,  and  that  he  himself  is  one  of  them,  and  further,  that  this  same  eminent  man 
is  the  ancestor  of  the  principal  families  of  Fields  in  America. 

Twenty  years  ago  1  prepared  a  little  memorial  of  my  father's  family  (that  ot 
the  late  Rev.  David  D.  Field,  D.D.,  of  Stockbridge,  Mass.),  which  had  the  good  for- 
tune to  bring  me  into  acquaintance  with  others  of  the  name,  and  thus  teach  me 
much  more  about  my  own  family  than  1  knew  before.  Among  others,  it  fell  under 
the  notice  of  Mr.  Richard  Field,  a  venerable  Quaker  of  Brooklyn,  who  had  long  taken 
great  interest  in  genealogical  researches.  He  "was  highly  gratified  in  its  perusal," 
but  regretted  to  find  that  I  had  not  been  able  to  procure  the  necessary  data  to  trace 
my  ancestors  at  least  two  generations  beyond  Zachariah  Field,  as  he  "had  for  a 
long  time  been  in  possession  of  information  which  perfectly  satisfied  him  that 
Zachariah  was  beyond  question  the  grandson  of  John  Field,  the  astronomer." 
Fully  assured  that  he  had  in  his  hands  the  missing  link  in  our  ancestral  line,  he 
called  on  Mr.  Cyrus  W.  Field,  and  laid  before  him  the  facts  in  his  possession,  and 
at  his  suggestion  wrote  as  follows  to  his  father,  the  Rev.  Dr.  Field : 

"Brooklyn,  Jan.  20,  1862. 
"My  much  respected,  though  unknown  friend: 

"I  was  recently  called  on  by  a  gentleman,  who  introduced  himself  by  informing 
me  that  he  was  a  member^of  the  Field  family,  from  the  state  of  New  Jersey,  whose 
ancestors  he  had  been  endeavoring  to  trace  to  as  early  a  period  as  he  could ;  and 


that  he  had  succeeded  no  farther  than  to  a  John  Field,  who  came  to  New  Jersey 
from  Flushinjj,  L.  I.,  more  than  150  years  ago;  that  for  the  purpose  of  prosecuting 
his  researches,  he  had  recently  visited  Flushing,  but  could  obtain  no  satisfactory 
information  in  relation  to  the  object  of  his  inquiry.  He  learned  that  the  old  records 
of  the  town,  in  which  he  hoped  to  find  accounts  of  the  early  settlement  of  that  place, 
had  been  destroyed  by  fire  many  years  since.  He  finally  met  with  some  one  who 
advised  him  to  call  on  me,  as  I  could  probably  furnish  him  with  the  desired  infor- 
mation. He  accordingly  did  call,  and  I  had  the  satisfaction  to  furnish  him  with  the 
information,  that  the  John  Field,  who  removed  from  Flushing,  was  the  son  of 
Anthony  Field,  of  Flushing ;  that  Anthony  Field,  his  brother  Benjamin,  and  father 
Robert,  with  a  number  of  others,  were  named  in  a  patent  of  confirmation  obtained 
from  Governor  Nicoll,  for  the  town  of  Flushing,  dated  Feb.  16,  1666;  that  Robert 
Field  only  was  named  in  the  original  patent  obtained  from  Governor  Kieft  (that  is, 
Robert  only  of  the  Fields).  He,  with  a  number  of  others,  obtained  the  original 
patents  from  the  Governor,  or  rather  Director-General,  of  New  Netherlands,  as  New 
York  was  then  called.  Robert  Field's  sons,  Anthony  and  Benjamin,  were  then  chil- 
dren at  that  date  (Oct,  19,  1645).  He  was  further  informed,  that  Robert  Field, 
father  of  Anthony,  was  the  son  of  James  Field,  the  grandson  ot  Matthew  Field,  of 
Ardsley,  York  county,  England,  and  that  Matthew  Field  was  the  son  of  John  Field, 
of  Ardsley,  formerly  of  London,  the  celebrated  astronomer." 

[The  letter  then  details  a  plan  of  a  genealogical  Family  Tree,  of  which  John 
Field,  the  astronomer,  should  form  the  trunk,  and  his  descendants  the  branches,  to 
render  which  complete  it  was  desirable  to  obtain  information  in  regard  to  "the 
names  of  those  who  can  trace  their  ancestors  back  to  either  Zechariah  Field,  who 
came  out  to  Boston  about  the  year  1632 — to  William  or  John  Field,  who  came  to 
Rhode  Island  shortly  afterwards — or  to  Robert  Field,  who  arrived  in  Boston  in 
1644,  and  settled  in  Flushing  in  1645."] 

The  writer  of  this  letter  afterwards  did  me  the  kindness  to  call  upon  me,  and 
to  show  me  the  proofs  which  made  the  ancestry  of  the  Fields  of  this  country  so 
clear  and  plain  to  him.  Within  the  two  years  following  I  saw  him  many  times,  and 
was  equally  surprised  and  gratified  by  the  extent  ot  his  information.  As  I  am 
chiefly  indebted  to  him  for  the  facts  which  follow,  it  is  right  to  let  the  reader  know 
the  character  and  standing  of  my  informant.  Mr.  Richard  Field  was  an  old  mer- 
chant of  New  York,  to  which  he  came  more  than  half  a  century  before  I  knew  him. 
He  was  for  twenty-two  years — from  1823  to  1845 — in  partnership  with  Charles  C. 
Thompson.  The  firm  was  Field,  Thompson  &  Co.  He  was  in  business  in  Pearl 
street,  where  Piatt  street  is  now  cut  through.  From  1829  to  1843  he  was  in  Cedar 
street.  He  was  then  retired  from  business,  being  nearly  seventy-two  years  old, 
though  the  house  was  continued  in  the  firm  of  Field,  Morris  &  Co.,  his  two  sons 
being  partners.  For  twenty-five  years  he  had  lived  in  Brooklyn,  where  he  still 
resided,  at  No.  109  Willow  street.  He  was  connected  with  many  of  the  public 
institutions  of  that  city,  and  for  some  years  discharged  the  responsible  duties  of 
president  of  the  Brooklyn  City  Hospital. 

At  these  interviews  Mr.  Field  showed  me  many  ancient  and  curious  documents 
containing  autograph  signatures  of  his  ancestors — one  of  them,  with  the  date  of 
1692,  bore  the  signatures  of  his  grandfather's  great-grandfather,  and  of  his  grand- 
mother's great-grandfather,  Benjamin  Field,  and  of  several  of  his  lineal  descend- 
ants, as  well  as  collateral  branches  of  the  family.  Among  these  was  one  [copied  on 
another  page]  which  came  from  his  grandmother,  giving  the  date  of  the  birth  of 
Benjamin  Field,  in  1663,  and  extending  back  in  a  direct  line  to  his  ancestors — 
Anthony,  Robert,  James,  and  Matthew — to  John  Field,  the  astronomer,  giving  the 
date  of  the  birth  of  each.     There  was  also  a  document  executed  by  his  great-grand- 


father,  Robert  Field,  son  of  Benjamin,  born  in  1707,  being  the  manumission  of  a 
slave,  in  which  he  says,  "Upon  considering  the  case  of  negroes  now  in  slavery, 
believing  they  should  be  free,  I  do  hereby  declare,"  etc.,  discharging  his  slave 
from  all  claims  of  himself  or  his  heirs. 

These  old  papers  were  kept  by  Mr.  Field  with  religious  care,  as  they  enabled 
him  to  trace  back  his  ancestors,  in  an  unbroken  line,  for  more  than  three  hundred 
years,  and  to  find  a  great  and  honored  name  as  that  of  the  founder  of  the  family. 

The  following  are  the  testimonies  referred  to  in  the  letter  of  Mr.  Field,  which, 
in  his  view,  established  the  fact  that  the  Fields  in  this  country— at  least  those  des- 
cended from  Zechariah,  William,  John,  or  Robert  Field— were  all  descended  from 
John  Field,  the  astronomer: 

Copy  of  an  old  Record  belonging    to  Mr.   Richard    Field,  which  came  from  his 
grandmother,  and    which  had  probably  been    in  the  family  more    than  100 
years.     The  water  mark,   G.   R.,   with  the  crown,  showed  that  the  paper  was 
made  when  the  United  States  were  Colonies  of  Great  Britain. 
Benjamin  Field  was  born  in   Flushing,  in   the  year  1663,  was  the  son  of  An- 
thony and  Susanna  Field.     He  had  a  brother  John,  a  few  years  older  than  himself, 
who  removed  to  the  Jerseys  and  settled  there.     His  father,   Anthony  Field,  was 
born  in  England,  in  1638,  and  came  out  with  his  father,  Robert  Field,  to  Boston,  in 
1644,  and  came  to  Flushing  in  1645,  together  with  his  brother,  Robert,  who  was 
born  in  1636,  and  Benjamin,  born  in  1640. 

Robert,  father  of  Anthony,  was  born  at  Ardsley,  in  England,  in  1610.  He  had 
a  brother  James,  and  two  sisters,  Anne  and  Judith.  James  Field,  father  of  Robert, 
was  born  at  Ardsley,  m  1587.  He  was  the  son  of  Matthew  Field,  and  had  a  brother 
Robert,  younger  than  himself.  Matthew  Field  father  of  James,  was  born  at  Ards- 
ley, in  1563.  He  had  seven  brothers,  whose  names  were — Richard,  older  than 
himself,  and  Christopher,  John,  William,  Thomas,  James  and  Martin,  and  a  sister 
Anne,  who  were  younger.  John  Field,  father  of  Matthew,  was  born  about  1525. 
He  lived  in  London,  where  it  is  believed  he  was  born,  until  about  1560,  when  he 
married  Jane  Amyas,  daughter  of  John  Amyas,  and  removed  to  Ardsley,  where 
he  resided  till  his  death,  in  1587.  While  he  resided  in  London,  he  was  engaged 
in  publibhing  astronomical  tables,  by  which  he  gained  a  very  high  reputation  as 
an  astronomer. 


Josiah  Field  was  an  uncle  of  Richard  Field,  and  ot  course,  like  him,  was  a 
descendant  of  the  Flushing  Fields.  He  was  born  in  1774,  in  the  town  ot  Green- 
wich, Conn.,  just  over  the  line  of  the  State  of  New  York,  and  was  the  son  of  Uriah 
Field.  He  came  to  New  York  City  about  the  year  1815.  and  here  continued  to 
reside  until  his  death,  in  1858  or  1859.  He  was  a  dealer  in  hides,  and  was  well 
known  to  the  leather  merchants  in  the  "Swamp,"  as  Ferry  street,  with  its  vicinity, 
was  then  called.     His  place  of  business  was  in  Elizabeth  street. 

Josiah  Field's  statement  of  a  conversation  with  an  old  gentleman  of  the  Massa- 
chusetts branch  of  the  Field  family,  about  the  year  1830. 

Josiah  Field  stated  that  he  was  one  day  standing  at  the  door  of  his  place  of 
business  when  he  was  accosted  by  an  old  gentleman  who  was  passing,  with  the 
inquiry  whether  his  name  was  Field,  and  who,  on  receiving  an  affirmative  reply, 
remarked  that  he  supposed  so  from  seeing  the  name  on  the  sign-board.  He  said 
his  object  in  making  the  inquiry  was  to  learn  whether  he  was  a  descendant  ot  the 
Flushing  branch  of  the  Field  family,  and  whether  he  could  trace  them  back  beyond 
Robert  Field,  one  of  the  first  proprietors  of  the  town  ot  Flushing? 


Josiah  Field  replied  he  was  from  the  Flushing  branch  of  the  family,  and  that 
he  could  trace  them  back  three  generations  beyond  Robert  Field  with  entire  cer- 
tainty; that  Robert  Field,  of  Flushing  was  the  son  of  James  Field;  that  James 
Field  was  the  son  of  Matthew  Field,  of  Ardsley ;  and  that  Matthew  Field  was  the 
son  of  John  Field,  the  astronomer. 

The  old  gentleman  then  inquired  whether  he  could  inform  him  whether  James 
Field,  son  of  Matthew,  had  any  brothers?  Josiah  Field  mformed  him  that  James 
had  but  one  brother,  whose  name  was  Robert. 

Inquiry  was  then  made  as  to  the  brothers  of  Matthew  Field.  In  reply  it  was 
stated  that  Matthew  had  a  large  number  of  brothers,  some  six  or  seven,  a  list  of 
whose  names  could  be  obtained  from  a  relative  of  his.  Josiah  Field  stated  that  he 
could  recollect  the  names  of  several.  There  was  one  named  Richard,  one  John, 
another  William,  and  another  Martin. 

The  old  gentleman  then  inquired  whether  Josiah  Field  had  any  certain  in- 
formation as  to  the  family  relationship  between  Robert  Field,  of  Flushing,  and 
Zechariah  Field  who  emigrated  to  Boston  some  years  earlier  than  Robert  Field's 
settlement  at  Flushing?  Josiah  Field  replied  that  he  had  not,  but  that  there  was  a 
tradition  that  had  come  down  through  the  families  of  the  Flushing  Fields,  that 
Zechariah  Field  was  related  to  Robert,  but  not  so  near  as  first  cousin;  that  they 
were  descendants  from  the  same  stock  within  a  few  generations,  he  had  no  doubt. 

The  old  gentleman  then  informed  Josiah  Field  that  he  was  of  the  Massachusetts 
branch  of  the  Field  family,  and  that  the  information  now  obtained  (if  reliable) 
settled  a  very  important  question,  which  had  rested  in  his  mind  for  a  great  length 
of  time — that  is,  whether  Zechariah  Field  was  a  descendant  of  John  Field,  the 
astronomer ;  that  if  it  were  fully  established  that  Robert  Field  was  the  grandson  of 
Matthew,  and  that  Matthew  had  a  brother  John,  he  was  perfectly  satisfied  that  both 
Zechariah  and  Robert  were  the  descendants  of  John  Field,  the  astronomer,  the 
former  his  grandson,  the  latter  his  great-grandson:  for  he  well  remembered,  when 
he  was  a  boy,  hearing  a  conversation  between  his  grandfather  and  two  still  older 
members  of  the  Field  family,  in  which  they  all  agreed  as  a  settled  matter  of  fact, 
that  the  father  of  Zechariah  Field  and  the  grandfather  of  Robert  Field,  of  Flush- 
ing, were  brothers,  and  that  the  name  of  the  father  of  Zachariah  was  John. 

Josiah  Field  remaked  that  the  information  respecting  the  ancestors  of  Robert 
Field,  of  Flushing,  might  be  relied  on  as  beyond  question;  that  an  original  account 
of  the  transactions  of  Robert  Field  in  the  settlement  of  Flushing,  including  a  notice 
of  his  ancestors,  was  deposited  with  the  records  of  the  town  of  Flushing,  where 
they  remained  more  than  a  hundred  years,  when  unfortunately,  in  the  year  1780, 
the  building  in  which  they  were  deposited,  with  all  its  contents,  was  destroyed  by 
fire.  Much  valuable  information  was  thus  irretrievably  lost.  But  the  descendants  of 
Robert  Field,  or  at  least  some  of  them,  had,  for  their  own  satisfaction,  obtained  from 
these  records  a  list  of  their  ancestors,  back  to  John  Field,  the  astronomer.  These 
lists  were  very  defective  on  some  accounts,  containing  little  more  than  the  names  of 
the  parties,  with  the  years  of  their  birth,  not  furnishing  any  account  of  their  occu- 
pations, and  in  many  instances  no  date  as  to  the  time  of  their  death.  These  omis- 
sions continued  to  about  the  year  1700. 

The  old  gentleman,  on  leaving,  said  he  would  call  again  in  a  few  days,  when  he 
would  like  to  obtain  a  memorandum  of  the  ancestors  of  Robert  Field,  and  that,  in 
return,  he  could  furnish  some  interesting  accounts  of  the  Massachusetts  branch  of 
the  Field  family.  He  left  his  card,  and  stated  that  he  was  residing  temporarily 
with  a  friend  of  his  in  Harlem,  whose  place  he  described  with  an  intimation  that  he 
would  be  gratified  with  a  call  from  Josiah  Field,  if  he  should  at  any  time  be  in  that 


Josiah  Field  was  anticipating  a  call  trom  his  old  friend  but  new  acquaintance 
for  some  weeks,  but  he  did  not  make  his  appearance.  Josiah  Field  finally  called 
on  a  relative  of  his,  to  go  with  him  to  Harlem,  and  look  after  him.  On  reaching 
the  place,  they  learned  that  the  old  gentleman  had  a  day  or  two  previously  gone  to 
Troy,  to  spend  a  few  days,  with  the  intention  of  returning  very  soon.  He,  however, 
never  did  return.     He  died  suddenly  either  at  Troy  or  on  his  way  back. 

Josiah  Field  mislaid  his  card,  but  was  pretty  certain  the  old  gentleman's  name 
was  Henry  Field. 

Josiah  Field  died  some  years  since  at  about  the  age  of  eighty-four  years. 


George  Corlies  was  born  in  1754.  A  large  part  of  his  life  he  spent  in  New  York. 
Mr.  Richard  Field  says  that  he  came  to  New  York  in  1811,  and  knew  Corlies  almost 
from  that  time.  Thirty-five  years  ago  he  was  still  living,  and  was  well  known.  He 
was  a  mason,  but  a  man  of  more  than  ordinary  intelligence,  and  ot  most  respectable 

Statement  of  George  Corlies,  in  relation  to  information  obtained  from  an  old  lady 
of  the  Field  family,  a  resident  of  Newtown,  L.  I.,  in  the  year  1842,  at  which 
time  she  was  over  ninety  years  old.     Her  name  was  Margaret  Smith,  formerly 
Field.     She  was  the  widow  of  Isaac  Smith,  and  grand-daughter  of  EInathan 
Field,  who  was  son  of  Robert  Field,  Jr.,  of  Newtown,   L.  1.,  and  grandson  of 
Robert  Field,  of  Flushing.     The  information  obtained  was  from  her  replies  to 
certain  written  queries  furnished  Mr.  Corlies  by  Richard  Field,  principally  in 
relation  to  his  lineal  ancestors,  with  but  little  regard  to  their  collateral  branches. 
The  information  elicited  was  taken  down  at  the  time  by  Mr.  Corlies,  in  writing. 
She  said  she  was  born  in  Flushing,  and  that  her  grandfather  was  a  grandson  of 
Robert  Field,  one  of  the  first  proprietors  of  that  town.     That  in  early  life  she  spent 
much  ot  her  time  at  her  grandfather's,  who  was  excessively  fond  of  talking  about 
his  ancestors ;  and  she  heard  him  so  frequently  repeat  accounts  of  their  early  his- 
tory, that  she  could  remember,  with  great  distinctness,  many  Items  of  information 
which,  he  said,  he  obtained  directly  from  his  grandfather,  Robert  Field.      Among 
these  were  the  following:     That  his  (R.  F.'s)  father's  name  was  James  Field,  and 
that  his  grandfather's  name  was  Matthew  Field,  and  thatMatthew  had  no  less  than 
seven  brothers ;  that  these  brothers  and  their  children  had  become  widely  scattered, 
many  of  them  having  left  Ardsley  previously  to  Robert  Field's  coming  to  America; 
that  Matthew  and  all  his  brothers  were  born  in  Ardsley,  to  which  place  their  father, 
John  Field,  had  removed  about  the  times  of  his  marriage,  having  previously  been  a 
resident  of  London,  where  he  was  born  about  the  year  1525,  and  where  he  resided 
between  thirty  and  forty  years ;  and  it  is  was  there  that  he  published  his  astrono- 
mical works.      She  further  said  that  she  remembered  distinctly  that  Matthew  Field 
had  a  brother  John,  whose  son,  Zaccheus,*  emigrated  to  this  country,  according  to 
the  statement  of  Robert  Field,  about  a  dozen  years  before  he  did,  and  that  he  came 
out  to  the  Bay  State,  where  he  remained  but  a  short  time.      At  the  time  of  the 
arrival  of  Robert  Field  he  was  residing  somewhere  in  the  colony  of  Connecticut. 
6he  also  stated  that  Matthew's  brother  William  had  two  sons,  who  came  to  this 

*  Zacchens— doubtless  Zachariah.  On  this  Mr.  Richard  Field  observes:  "There  can  be  no 
reasonable  doubt  that  Corlies  misunderstood  the  name  given  by  the  old  lady,  or  that  she  inad- 
vertently miscalled  it,  as  she  fixes  the  time  and  place  of  emigration  precisely  corresponding  with 
that  of  Zachariah;  and  it  would  be  a  perfect  absurdity  to  suppose  that  there  could  have  been 
two  persons  of  so  nearly  the  same  name,  arriving  in  Boston  about  the  same  time,  and  that  nobody 
to  this  day  should  ever  have  heard  of  it.  The  account  of  the  emigration  of  the  two  sons  of  Mat- 
thew Field's  brother  William  I  also  consider  perfectly  reliable,  confirmed,  as  it  is,  by  the  fact 
that  two  brothers  of  corresponding  names  are  known  to  have  arrived  in  Rhode  Island  just 
about  the  time  designated  in  this  account." 


country  very  soon  after  their  cousin  Zaccheus ;  that  they  came  to  Rhode  Island  and 
Providence  Plantations;  that  one  of  these  sons  was  named  after  his  father,  and  the 
other  after  his  grandfather.  She  related  many  anecdotes  in jelation  to  family  mat- 
ters, which  are  of  little  interest  at  this  time. 

George  Corlies  died  about  the  year  1847,  at  about  the  age  of  ninety-three  years. 

These  testimonies  create  a  probability,  amounting['.to  moral  certainty.  In 
establishing  the  fact  of  one's  ancestry,  we  can  have^but  two  sources  of  knowledge 
— record  and  tradition — the  possession  of  authentic  documents, Muly  recorded  at  the 
time,  and  preserved  from  generation  to  generation,  [and  a'continuous  family  tradi- 
tion, unbroken  by  any  missing  links,  and  uncontradicted  by^evidence  of  an  opposite 
character.  Here  we  have  both.  So  far  as  tradition  is  concerned,  the  evidence 
seems  to  be  complete,  and  it  is  confirmed  by  family  records,  which,  if  not  as  formid- 
able as  title-deeds  in  an  office  of  registry,  are  yet  most  valuable  sources  of  informa- 
tion. These  combined  proofs  can  hardly  leave  a  doubt  in  the  minds  of  the  several 
branches  of  the  Field  Family  in  America,  that  they  are  descended  from  John  Field, 
the  astronomer.* 

147.  ENSIGN  BENJAMIN  FIELD,  (Robert,  William,  Christopher,  John, 
Christopher,    John,   Richard,   Thomas,  Adam,   Richard,    Roger),  b.  about    1640, 

Flushing,  L.  L  ;  m. ;  m.  2d.  Sarah ;  d.  in  1734  in  Flushing.    Benjamin 

Field,  presumably  the  third  son  ot  the  emigrant,  *was  appointed  ensign  for  Flush- 
ing by  Nicoll,  the  Governor  of  New  York,  on  April  22,  1665.  He  is  named  in  the 
Flushing  patents  of  Feb.  16,  1666,  and  of  1685,  and  was  a  juror  at  the  Court  of 
Assizes  in  1669.  On  March  22,  1671,  he  conveyed  by  deed  to  John  Bowne  his  "two 
shares  ot  fresh  meadows,  being  Nos.  34  and  42."  His  death  is  recorded  as  follows 
in  the  register  of  the  Society  of  Friends  ot  Flushing:  "Benjamin  Field  ot  Flush- 
ing, and  ancient  friend,  dyed  the  ist  ot  the  loth  mo.  1732."  His  age  must  have 
been  at  least  between  87  and  90.  He  lett  a  widow,  Sarah,  whose  will  was  dated 
the  26th  ot  ninth  month,  1732,  only  a  few  days  before  her  husband  died,  but  it  ap- 
pears from  the  register  referred  to  that  she  survived  him.  The  entry  of  her  death 
is  as  tollows:  "Sarah  Field,  widow  of  Benjamin  Field  of  Flushing,  dyed  I734-" 
The  day  and  month  are  not  given;  but  it  must  have  been  early  in  1734,  as  her  will 
was  proved  March  20th  of  that  year.  She  styles  herself  in  it,  '  'wife  of  Benjamin 
Field  of  Flushing,"  and  appoints  him  one  of  her  executors,  another  being  her 
grandson  William  Doughty.  Two  other  grandsons  are  mentioned — William  March 
and  Henry  March.  Apparently  Benjamin  and  Sarah  Field  left  no  male  descend- 
ants. It  was  probably  after  the  death  of  the  emigrant,  and  during  the  lifetime  of 
his  sons,  that  the  family  became  members  of  the  Society  of  Friends.  It  is  pretty 
evident  that  they  had  not  joined  it  when  Benjamin  was  appointed  ensign  in  1665, 
considering  that  the  society  does  not  allow  its  members  to  undertake  military 
duties.  George  Fox,  who  is  looked  upon  by  many  as  the  real  founder  of  this  sect, 
visited  Flushing  in  1672,  and,  while  there,  was  the  guest  of  John  Bowne  at  the  old 
mansion  already  referred  to.     Meetings  of  the  members  were  held — first  at  this 

*  Slight  facts  sometimes  lend  strong  confirmation  to  what  has  been  established  by  presump- 
tive evidence.  Such  is  the  following: — Conversing  some  years  since  with  the  late  Hon.  Richard 
Field,  of  Princeton,  N.  J.,  at  one  time  United  States  Senator  from  that  State,  and  afterwards 
Judge  of  the  United  States  District  Court,  on  being  shown  the  arms  printed  elsewhere 
he  was  at  once  struck  with  the  resemblance  to  a  seal  which  had  been  in  his  family  for  genera- 
tions. Both  the  arms  and  the  crest  were  exactly  the  same  in  every  particular.  On  one  side  of 
the  seal  were  the  initials  R.  F.,  which  were  undoubtedly  those  of  Robert  Field,  of  Flushing, 
from  whom  the  New  Jersey  Fields  are  descended.  How  came  Robert  Field  in  possession  of  this 
very  peculiar  crest,  which  had  been  given  to  but  one  man  in  England?  Plainly,  because  he  was 
a  direct  descendant.  This  strongly  confirms  the  fact,  which  we  believe  to  be  :ully  proved  from 
other  sources,  that  the  Flushing  and  New  Jersey  Fields— and  hence,  according  to  the  testimon- 
ies here  given,  the  other  families  in  this  country  also — are  descended  from  the  same  ancestor, 
and  can  claim  kindred  by  right  of  inheritance  of  the  same  illustrious  name. 



house,  and  afterwards  in  the  open  air,  sometimes  in  the  woods,  and  secretly,  on 
account  of  the  persecutions  to  which  they  were  exposed.  Fox  is  represented  to 
have  been  a  man  possessing  great  natural  eloquence,  and  under  his  preaching  the 
leading  inhabitants  of  Flushing  and  neighborhood  became  Friends,  and  among 
these,  probably,  the  Fields,  most  of  whom  continued  to  be  members  of  the  Society 
for  nearly  a  century  and  a  half,  while  some  are  at  the  present  day.  He  d.  Oct,  i, 
1732;  res..  Flushing,  N.  Y. 

187.  i.         THOMAS,  b.  about  1674:  m.  Hannah . 

188.  ii.        DAUGHTER,  m. Doughty;  children,  William. 

189.  iii.       DAUGHTER,  m. March;  children,  William  and  Henry. 

150.  ROBERT  FIELD  (Christopher,   William,    Robert,    John,    Christopher, 

John,    Richard,   Thomas,  Adam,   Richard.    Roger),  b. ;    m.    Rosamond . 

Robert  Field  of  Wakefield  made  his  will  Aug.  29,  1599,  and  mentions  in  it  his  wife 
Rosamond  and  daughters  Elizabeth,  Alice  and  Margaret.  It  will  be  noticed  that 
two  of  the  grandchildren  ot  Christopher  Field,  whose  will  was  made  in  1570,  were 
named  Elizabeth  and  Alice,  which  leads  the  author  to  suppose  that  their  father 
Robert — also  mentioned  in  that  will — was  the  same  individual  as  the  one  who  made 
his  in  1599.     He  d.  about  1599;  res.,  Sandal,  England. 

190.  i.         ELIZABETH,  b. . 

191.  ii.        ALICE,  b. . 

192.  iii.       MARGARET,  b. . 

151.  JOHN  FIELD  (Christopher,  William,  Robert,  John,  Christopher,  John, 

Richard,  Thomas,  Adam,   Richard,   Roger),    b. ;  m. .     Res.,  Sandal, 


193.  i.  ISABEL,  b. . 

194.  ii.        FRANCES,  b. . 

154.  HENRY  FIELD  (John,  John,  John,  Richard,  William,  William,  Thomas, 
Thomas,  John,  Thomas,  Roger),  b.  Cockernhoe,  Hertfordshire,  England,  about 
1620;  m.  there  Elizabeth  Rudd.     Res.,  Cockernhoe,  England. 

195.  i.         THOMAS,  b.  about  1650;  m.  Sibella  Hobbs. 

196.  ii.        PROBABLY  other  children. 

156.  ZECHARIAH  FIELD  (Zechariah,  John,  John,  Richard,  William, 
William,  Thomas,  Thomas,  John,  Thomas,  Roger),  b.  prob.  Hartford, 
Conn.,  about  1645;  m.  Dec.  17,  1668,  Sarah  Webb.  She  m.  2d,  1677, 
Robert  Price,  and  both  were  killed  by  the  Indians  at  Deerfield  July  29, 
1704.  Zechariah  Field,  son  of  Zechariah  and  Mary,  b.  in  Hartford,  Conn.,  about  1645. 
He  came  with  his  father  in  1659  to  Northampton.  In  1672  he  removed  to  Deer- 
field,  where  he  died  in  1674.  His  widow  presented  an  inventory  of  his  estate,  Sept. 
29,  1674  of  ;Ci85  17s.  6d.  After  the  massacre  of  Capt.  Lothrop  and  his  men  at 
Bloody  Brook,  the  family  returned  to  Northampton  for  safety  from  Indian  depre- 
dations. He  m.  Sarah,  daughter  of  John  Webb  of  Northampton.  She  m.,  2d, 
about  1677,  Robert  Price  of  Northampton,  and  about  1690  returned  to  Deerfield, 
where  she  and  her  children  were  slain  by  the  French  and  Indians  under  Hertel  de 
Rouville  at  the  destruction  ot  Deerfield,  Feb.  29,  1704.  Robert  Price  was  a  soldier 
under  Capt.  Turner  at  the  Falls  fight,  and  his  son  Samuel  drew  his  share  in  the 
Falls  fight  township  in  1737.  He  had  five  children  by  Mrs.  Field,  viz.,  i.  Sarah,  b. 
Sept.  12,  1678.  2.  Mary,  b.  March  21,  1681;  m.  March  17,  1699,  Samuel  Smead, 
killed  1704,  3.  Elizabeth,  b.  Aug.  12,  1683;  m.  Dec.  6,  1703,  Andrew  Stephens,  an 
Indian — the  only  case  I  have  seen  in  Massachusetts  of  the  intermarriage  between 
the  two  races,  at  least  at  as  early  a  day — Sheldon.      He  was  killed,   and  she  cap- 


tured  in  1704,  and  she  m.  in  Canada,  Feb.  3,  1706,  Jean  Fourneau.  4.  Samuel,  b. 
1685,  captured  1704,  returned  and  m.  April  7,  1714,  Dorothy  Fox  ot  Glastonbury, 
Conn.,  and  resided  there.     5.  John,  b.  May  14,  1689. 

The  history  of  Deerfield  extends  back  to  1663.  when  Eliot,  the  apostle  to  the 
Indians,  obtained  a  grant  from  the  General  Court  ot  2,000  acres  of  land,  now  within 
the  bounds  of  Natick,  as  a  permanent  settlement  tor  his  Indian  converts.  This 
tract  was  then  within  the  boundaries  of  Dedham,  and,  as  a  compensation  to  the 
proprietors  of  that  town,  the  General  Court  ga\'e  them  8,000  acres  of  unlocated 
land,  anywhere  they  might  choose,  within  the  colony.  The  Dedham  proprietors 
having  entered  into  this  agreement,  sent  out  a  committee  to  explore  the  country, 
and  make  a  selection  for  the  location  of  the  grant.  Their  exploration  extended 
over  the  western  part  of  the  county  of  Middlesex,  and  the  eastern  part  of  the  county 
of  Worcester,  but  they  were  not  satisfied  with  the  land  they  found,  and  thus  re- 
ported. Soon  after  this  the  selectmen  of  Dedham  were  informed  that  there  was 
some  very  good  land,  about  12  miles  north  of  Hadley,  where  the  8,000  acres  might 
be  located ;  whereupon  they  dispatched  John  Fairbanks  and  Lieut.  Daniel  Fisher, 
"to  discover  the  land,  and  examine  it."  They  reported  favorably,  and  urged  that 
it  should  be  taken  possession  of  under  the  grant,  as  early  as  possible.  The  town 
then  chose  a  committee  to  repair  to  Pocomtuck,  the  Indian  name  of  the  locality, 
and  to  cause  the  8,000  acres  to  be  located  there.  In  1665,  this  committee  employed 
Major  Pynchon  of  Springfield  to  draw  the  boundary  line  of  the  tract,  which  he 
did,  as  follows:  Commencing  near  Deerfield  river,  a  little  west  of  the  present  Cheap- 
side  bridge,  he  continued  southerly  nearly  on  a  line  now  defined  by  the  Connecticut 
River  Railroad  to  the  Hatfield  line,  thence  westerly  on  the  Hatfield  line,  which  was 
about  a  mile  and  three-quarters  south  of  the  present  south  line  of  Deerfield,  to  the 
toot  of  the  western  hills;  thence,  northerly,  in  a  course  parallel  to  those  hills  to 
Deerfield  river,  near  "Old  Fort";  thence  on  the  river,  to  the  point  of  departure. 
The  tract  was  purchased  of  the  Indians  by  Major  Pynchon,  and  conveyed  in  four 
deeds,  the  consideration  for  the  sale  being  ^94  i8s.,  paid  by  the  people  of 

Zechariah  d.  in  1674;  res.,  Northampton  and  Deerfield,  Mass. 

197.  i.         ZECHARIAH,  b.  Sept.  12,  1669;  d.  young. 

198.  ii.        EBENEZER,  b.  Oct.  31,  1671;  m.  Mary  Dudley. 
- —   199.     iii.       JOHN,  b.  Dec.  8,  1673;  m.  Mary  Bennett. 

157.  JOHN  FIELD  (Zechariah.  John,  John,  Richard,  William,  William),  b. 
about  1648;  m.  Dec.  17,  1670,  Mary  Edwards,  b.  Jan.  20,  1650,  daughter  of  Alexan- 
der and  Sarah  (Searl)  of  Northampton.     John  Field,  son  of  Zechariah  and  Mary 

b.    in  Hartford,    Conn.,   about   1645.     He  came  with  his  father  in  1659    to 

Northampton.  In  1663  removed  to  Hatfield,  where  he  d.  June  26,  1717.  He  was  a 
soldier  with  Capt.  Turner  in  the  Turner's  Falls  fight  with  Indians,  May  19,  1676. 

Alexander  Edwards  came  from  Wales,  Great  Britain,  in  1640;  settled  in  Spring- 
field, Mass.,  and  removed  to  Northampton  in  1655,  and  d.  Sept.  4,  1690.  He  m. 
April  28,  1642,  Mrs.  Sarah,  widow  of  John  Searle,  trom  England  to  Springfield, 
whose  wife  was  Sarah  Baldwin,  daughter  of  Sylvester  Baldwin,  who  came  from 
England  in  the  ship  "Martin"  in  1636  and  d.  on  the  passage.  The  widow  Sarah  m. 
in  1640,  Capt.  John  Atwood,  in  Milford,  Conn.,  and  d.  in  Nov.,  1669. 

He  d.  June  26,  1717;  res.,  Hatfield,  Mass. 

200.  i.         JOHN,  b.  May  11,  1672;  m.  Sarah  Coleman. 

201.  ii.        MARY,  b.  Feb.  2,  1674;  d.  young. 

202.  iii.       ZECHARIAH,  b.  Aug.,  1676;  m.  Sarah  Clark. 


203.  iv.       BENJAMIN,    b.   Feb.    14,    1679;    was  in  the  "Meadow    fight"   in 

1704  (res.,  Deerfield,  ?  );  n.  f.  k. 

204.  V.        MARY,  b.  Feb.  20,  1681;  m.  March  6,  1701,  Dr.  Thomas  Hastings 

of  Hatfield.  He  was  son  of  Dr.  Thomas,  Jr.,  b.  Sept.  24,  1679. 
He  d.  April  14,  1728.  A  very  quaint,  unpoetical,  but  flattering 
elegy  of  no  lines,  and  an  acrostic,  to  his  memory,  were  written  at 
the  time  by  "Josephus  Nash."  Was  a  practicing  physician  in 
Hatfield.  For  a  very  interesting  surgical  case,  treated  by  Dr. 
Hastings,  see  App.  3  of  Rev.  John  Williams'  History  of  his  Cap- 
tivity and  Deliverance.  Children:  i.  Mary,  b.  Dec.  24,  1701;  d. 
Jan.  10,  1702.  2.  Thomas,  b.  Nov.  6,  1702;  d.  Nov.  4,  1703.  3. 
~"^    Mary,  b.  1704;   m.    Benjamin  Billings.     4.    Hannah,  b.   Oct.   13, 

1706;   m. White.      5.  Dorothy,  b.  July  27,  1709;   d.  July  29, 

1711.  6.  Thomas,  b.  1713;  d.  same  year.  7.  Waitstill.  b.  Jan.  3, 
1714;  physician,  m.  Abigail  Marsh.  8.  Tabitha,  b.  Oct.  6,  1715;  m. 
Jan,  4,  1738,  John  Strickland.  9.  Hopestill,  b.  April  13,  1718;  m. 
Lydia  Frary;  res.,  Hatfield.  10.  Dorothy,  b.  March  20,  1720;  d. 
April  6,  1720.  II.  Thomas,  b.  Jan.  28,  1721  (lieut.);  m.  Mary 
Bilder;  res.,  Hatfield  and  Amherst.  12.  Lucy,  b.  Feb.  i,  1722; 
m.  Jonathan  Taylor.  Thomas  Taylor  m.  Cynthia  Corse;  their 
daughter  Lucy  Taylor  m.  Anson  Higby;  their  daughter  Sarah  A. 
Higby  m.  William  T.  Wheeler;  their  son  Charles  Volney  Wheel- 
er m.  Helen  E.  Nellis.  Res.,  Little  Falls,  N.  Y.  Children: 
Sarah  E.  Wheeler,  b.  May  10,  1878;  William  Hardin  Wheeler,  b. 
Sept.  29,  1879;  Helen  W.  Wheeler,  b.  Dec.  27,  1887. 

205.  vi.       BETHIAH,  b.   1684;   m.    in  1707,  John  AUis,   Jr.,  son  of  John,  b. 

May  10,  1682;  his  first  wife  was  Mary  Laurence;  he  d.  Jan.,  1691. 

206.  vii.      SARAH,  b.    Feb.   2,    1687;  m.   Oct.   25,   1709,   Nathaniel   Pack  ot 


207.  viii.     ABILENE,  b. ,  1689;  d.  May  6,  1689. 

208.  ix.       EBENEZER,  b.   July  2,  1690;  was  killed  near  Bloody  Brook  by 

Indians  on  a  scout  in  Deerfield,  Oct.  26,  1708. 

209.  X.       ABILENE,  b.  July  2,  1690;  m.  Dec.  29,  1715,  John  Nash,  b.  Oct.  28, 

1686.  Res.,  Hatfield.  He  d.  April  7,  1764;  she  d.  July,  1764. 
Children  i.  Hannah,  b.  Sept.  16,  1716;  m.  Sept.  30,  1736,  Ebene- 
zer  Belding  of  Ashfield.  2.  Noah,  b.  March  26,  1719;  m.  Hepzibah 
Bodman  and  Abigail  Belding.     3.  Mary,  b.  about  1721 ;  d.  Nov.  11, 

1725.      4.   Martha,  b. ;  m.  Feb.   11,    1752,  Phinhas   Warner  of 

New  Braintree.     5.  Abigail,  b. ;  m.  Dea.   Hezekiah  Belding 

of  Amherst.     6.  Daughter,  b. ;  m.  Carpenter. 

158.  SERGEANT  SAMUEL  FIELD  (Zechariah,  John.  John,  Richard,  Wil- 
liam, William),  b.  about  1651,  Hartford,  Conn.  ;m.,  Aug.  9,  1676,  Sarah  Gilbert 
daughter  of  Thomas  and  Catherine  (Chapin),  of  Springfield.  She  m.,  2d,  Oct.  17, 
1702,  Ebenezer  Chapin,  of  Springfield.  Sarah,  daughter  of  Thomas  and  Catharine 
(Bliss)  Gilbert,  of  Springfield,  b.  Dec.  19,  1655;  d.  Feb.  4,  1712.  Samuel  Field,  son  ot 
Zechariah  and  Mary,  b.  in  Hartford,  Conn.,  about  1651.  He  came  with  his  father 
to  Northampton  in  1663.  He  removed  to  Hatfield  where  he  was  slain  by  Indians 
in  ambush  while  hoeing  corn  in  Hatfield  meadows,  June  24,  1697.  He  was  a  serg- 
eant in  the  Turners  Falls  fight.  May  19,  1676.  He  was  a  prominent  and  influential 
man  in  Hatfield,  holding  many  town  oflBces.  The  following  settlement  of  his 
estate  was  copied  from  the  original  probate  records  of  Hampshire  county  by  Hon. 


George  Sheldon,  of  Deerfield.  "We  whose  names  are  underwritten  appointed  to 
distribute  the  estate  of  Sergt.  Samuel  Field  to  ye  widow  and  children  according  to 
settlemen  w'ch  as  foUoweth  July  24  1701.  To  ye  widow  out  of  the  movables  at  £^ 
— To  Sarah,  her  portion  out  of  the  movables  £\7,  los.  To  Mary  Field  of  movables, 
;^5  13s.  To  be  paid  out  of  the  lands  in  good  pay  or  money  £t>  17s,  £\2  los.  which 
Saml  Field  is  to  pay.  To  Samuel  Field  the  eldest  son  and  heir,  ye  whole  of  the 
house  lot  and  Lands  at  ye  farm  or  elsewhere  at  he  agreeing  with  his  mother  for 
her  3rd  for  her  life  yrly  at  such  rent  as  they  can  agree,  as  also  for  all  the  Lands  in 
her  disposal  till  ye  young  children  come  to  be  of  age  he  paying  in  money  or  setting 
out  part  ot  the  land  to  his  brothers  according  to  its  appraisal  in  the  inventory  at  ^^97 
(viz.)  to  Thomas  Field  at  present  ;^8  6s.  8d.  and  after  his  mothers  death  £0,  3s.  4d. — 
£\2  los.  To  Zechr  Field  at  present  or  wh  of  age  ;^8  6s.  Sd.and  after  his  mothers  death 
^4  3s.  4d. — £\'2.  los.  To  Ebenszer  Field  at  present  or  wh  of  age  £?>  6s.  8d.,  and  after 
his  mothers  death  £0,  3s.  4d. — £12  los.  To  Josias  Field  at  present  or  wh  of  age  £'i>  6s. 
8d.  and  after  his  mothers  death  £i,  3s.  4d. — £\i  los.  To  Joshua  Field  at  present  or 
wh  of  age  ^^8  6s.  8d.  and  after  his  mothers  death  £a,  3s.  4d. — £\2  los.  The  allowed 
distribution  is  something  varying  from  the  settlent  yet  ye  land  lying  in  several  par- 
cells  any  other  division  there  being  5  sons  will  wholle  incapacitate  ye  improvement 
of  it  to  any  advantage  and  therefore  that  this  division  may  be  accepted  by  the  Judge 
of  Probate  and  confirmed  to  wch  we  subscribe  this  24  July  1 701.  John  Coleman 
Samuel  Belding  John  White  Joseph  Field  Samuel  Gunn."  "Sept  ye  2,  1701  the  above 
distribution  being  presented  before  me  John  Pynchon  esq.  Judge  of  Probate  of 
Wills  in  Hampshire  to  be  a  more  full  settlemt  of  ye  estate  of  Sergt.  Samuel  Field 
deceased,  to  his  widow  and  children  which  is  appraised  and  allowed  by  me  John 
Pynchon.  End.  settlemt  of  Sergt.  Samuel  Fields  estate  S'ept.  20  1701.  Book  a,  p. 
80."     He  was  killed  by  Indians,  June  24,  1697.     Res.  Hatfield,  Mass. 

210.  i.         SAMUEL,  b.  Sept  27,  1678;  m.  Mrs.  Hannah  E.  Hoyt. 

211.  ii.        THOMAS,  b.  June  30,  1680    m.  Abigail  Dickinson. 

212.  iii.      SARAH,  b.  June  30,  1683;  m.,  Nov.   18,   1702,  Samuel  Warner,  of 

Springfield,   b.  March  14,  168 1,  and  moved  to  Stafford,  Conn. 

213.  iv.       ZECHARIAH,  b.  Aug.  29,  1685 ;  m.  Sarah  Mattoon. 

214.  v,         EBENEZER,  b.  March  17,  1688;  m.  Elizabeth  Arms. 

215.  vi.       MARY,  b.  July  23,  1690;  m.,  June  26,  1712,  Jonathan  Hoyt,  son  of 

David.  Res.  Deerfield,  Mass.,  b.  April  6,  1688.  With  his  father, 
David,  mother,  brother  Ebenezer  and  two  sisters,  Abigail  and 
Sarah,  he  was  taken  captive  by  the  Indians  in  the  battle  of  Deer- 
field, Feb.  29,  1704,  taken  to  Canada,  and  returned  later.  The 
father  died  of  hunger  near  the  lower  Cohoes ;  Abigail  was  killed 
on  the  way  to  Canada;  Ebenezer  remained  among  the  Indians. 
Mary  d.  June  26,  1780;  he  d.  May  23,  1779.  Ch. :  i.  Mary,  b. 
Oct.  5,  1714;  m.  Oct.  24,  1740,  Ebenezer  Sheldon.  2.  Abigail,  b. 
Sept  10,  1716;  m.  Matthew  Clesson  and  John  Nims.  3.  Sarah,  b. 
July  9,  1719;  rn.  John  Burke.  4.  David,  b.  Oct.  26,  1722;  m. 
Mercy  Sheldon  and  Silence  King.  5.  Hannah,  b.  April  8,  1726; 
d.  Dec.  22,  1728.  6.  Jonathan,  b.  Feb.  20,  1728;  m.  Experience 

216.  vii.      JOSIAH,  b.  Nov.  5,  1692;  m.  Elizabeth . 

217.  viii.     JOSHUA,  b.  April  9,  1695;  m.  Elizabeth  Cooley. 

159.  CAPTAIN  JOSEPH  FIELD  (Zechariah,  John,  John,  Richard,  William, 
William),  b.  Hartford,  Conn.,  about  1658;  m.,  June  28,  1683,  Joanna  Wyatt,  b.  1663, 
daughter  of  John  and  Mary  (Bronson),  of  Sunderland,  Mass.;  d.   March  23,  1722; 


m.,  2d,  Jan.   2,    1723,  Mary  (Wells)  Belding,  dau.  of  Daniel  and  Elizabeth  (Foote). 
She  d.  March  15,  1751. 

Joseph  Field,  son  of  Zechariah  and  Mary,  b.  in  Hartford,  Conn.,  in  1658;  came 
with  his  father  in  1663  to  Hatfield.  He  was  one  of  the  forty  engagers  who  signed 
the  agreement,  April  13,  1714,  to  settle  the  town  of  Swampfiekl  (now  Sunderland), 
and  in  the  division  ot  lots  he  had  No.  12,  on  the  east  side  ot  the  street.  In  1720  he 
removed  to  Northfield,  and  in  the  spring  ot  1726  he  sold  and  removed  to  Northamp- 
ton, but  returned  the  same  year  to  Sunderland,  where  he  died  Feb.  15,  1736.  He  is 
mentioned  in  the  town  records  as  Sargeant  Joseph  Field.  He  married,  ist,  June 
28,  1683,  Joanna,  daughter  ot  John  Wyatt.  of  Harlford,  Conn.,  b.  1663;  d.  March 
25,  1722;  2d,  Jan.  2,  1723,  Mary,  daughter  of  Thomas  and  Mary  (Beardsley) 
Wells,  and  widow  of  Stephen  Belding,  of  Hatfield,  b.  Sept.  8,  1664,  and  died  in 
Northfield  March  15,  i7=;i,  aged  eighty-seven. 

Sunderland  was  originally  a  plantation  bearing  the  name  of  Swampfield.  It 
was  granted  to  inhabitants  of  Hadley,  in  May,  1673,  and  included  within  its  limits 
the  town  ot  Leverett,  the  principal  part  of  Montague,  and  a  part  of  Wendell — set  oflF 
from  Montague  after  its  incorporation.  The  original  limits  extended  north  from 
the  mouth  of  Mohawk  Brook,  being  the  northwest  corner  of  Hadley.  to  the  mouth 
of  Little  Brook,  opposite  the  mouth  of  Deerfield  river,  and  easterly  "out  into  the 
woods  six  miles  from  the  Great  river."  Subsequently  a  grant,  two  miles  in  width, 
was  added  at  the  east,  called  "the  two-mile  addition."  A  settlement  was  made 
upon  the  territory  soon  after  the  grant,  but  King  Philip's  war  broke  it  up,  the 
Indians  burnt  their  buildings,  and  the  clearings  g^ew  up  with  brush.  It  is  said 
that  when  the  second  settlement  was  made,  a  bass-wood  tree,  about  one  foot  in 
diameter,  had  g^own  in  the  fire-place  of  one  of  the  houses,  that  an  appletree,  set 
out  by  the  first  settler,  on  the  present  home  lot  of  Rufus  Russell,  was  found  large 
and  thrifty,  and  that  the  same  tree  has  lived  until  within  a  few  )-ears.  Very  little 
information  can  be  obtained  in  regard  to  this  settlement  of  1674.  When  the  settlers 
of  just  forty  years  afterward  (1714)  took  possession,  they  found  buildings  in  ruins, 
and  trees  growing  amongst  them.  There  was  originally  a  continuous  settlement  of 
"weekwams"  on  what  is  called  "the  island,"  running  north  and  south,  and  crossing 
the  east  home  lots,  about  halt  the  distance  from  the  present  street  to  the  hill  at 
the  east  end  ot  those  lots.     He  d.  Feb.  15,  1736.     Res.  Sunderland,  Mass. 

218.  i.  MARY,  b.  July  18,  1684;  m.,  April  25,  1706,  Ebenezer  Bardwell, 
son  of  Sergt.  Robert  and  Mary  (Gull),  b.  1679;  res.  Whatley;  had 
a  grant  of  500  acres  ot  land  in  the  northwest  part  ot  Montague. 
Ebenezer  Bardwell  and  Ebenezer  Bardwell,  Jr.,  were  also  in  this 
county.  A  muster  roll  of  a  company  of  Foot,  in  His  Majesty's 
service,  under  command  of  Capt.  Salah  Barnard,  in  a  regiment 
raised  by  the  province  ot  Massachusetts  Bay,  for  the  reduction  of 
Canada,  William  Williams,  Esq.,  colonel,  1758,  Perez  Bardwell 
enlisted  April  13th  to  November  5th,  seven  months  and  eleven 
days,  ^13  6s.  2d,  p.  466.  From  "a.  return  of  men  enlisted  for  His 
Majesty's  service  within  the  province  of  Massachusetts  Bay,  under 
Col.  Israel  Williams,  to  be  put  under  the  command  of  His  Excel- 
lency, Jeffrey  Amherst,  Esq.  For  the  invasion  ot  Canada." 
Perez  Bardwell  enlisted  April  6,  1759,  aged  twenty-two  years;  was 
in  the  former  expedition  of  1755-57;  was  provided  with  the  king's 
arms.  His  brother,  Samuel,  was  also  in  this  company,  and  pro- 
vided his  own  arms.  Ensign  John  Wyatt;  see  Sheldon's  Deer- 
field,  p.  182.  Samuel  Gillet  killed  in  "Falls  Fight"  May  19,  1676. 
Ebenezer,  Sr.,  died  July  13,  1732.     Ch. :     i.  Lieutenant  Ebenezer, 


b.  Sept.  lo,  1707;  m.  Elizabeth  Gillet.  Their  son,  Lieutenant 
Perez  Bardwell,  married  Tabitha  Hastings.  Lieutenant  Perez 
Bardwell,  of  Hatfield,  Mass.,  pay  roll  of  the  company  of  His 
Majesty's  service,  under  command  of  William  Shepard,  captain, 
1761;  enlisted  June  24th;  served  till  Dec.  4,  1761,  twenty-three 
weeks  and  three  days  ;  due  him  ^7  5s.  7d. ;  vol.  99,  p.  134.  Muster 
roll  of  the  company  in  His  Majesty's  service  under  command  of 
Capt.  Salah  Barnard,  enlisted  March  5,  1760,  and  served  as  pri- 
vate till  October  5th,  and  promoted  as  corporal  October  6th,  and 
served  till  Nov.  30,  1760;  balance  due  him  £13  14s.  iid. ;  vol.  99,  p. 
263.  A  billetting  roll  of  Capt.  Salah  Barnard's  company,  in  Col. 
William  Williams'  regiment.  Perez  Bardwell  enlisted  April  13th; 
no  date;  number  of  days,  fifty-two;  vol.  96,  p.  110.  A  pay  roll  ot 
a  company  under  command  of  Capt.  John  Burke,  Perez  Bardwell 
£1  7s.  7d. ;  dated.  May  11,1757;  vol.  96,  p.  40.  Their  son,  Silas  Bard- 
well, m.  Lorena  Abbott.  Their  son,  Daniel  Abbott  Bardwell,  m. 
Susie  Jones.  Their  son,  Daniel  Jones  Bardwell,  m.  Frances 
Jenkins,  and  their  son  is  Harry  Jenkins  Bardwell ;  res.  in  Chicago. 
Lieutenant  Ebenezer  Bardwell,  Jr.  of  Hatfield,  Mass.  (grandson 
of  Robert  B.).  His  name  is  found  in  the  muster  roll  of  the  com- 
pany in  His  Majesty's  service,  under  command  of  Eph.  Williams, 
Jr.,  dated  Dec.  19,  1747,  Fort  Massachusetts;  actual  service. 
Corporal  Ebenezer  Bardwell,  three  weeks,  £1  los.  8d.  In  a  com- 
pany of  which  Johna  Ball  was  captain,  John  Church  lieutenant, 
Ebenezer  Bardwell,  Jr.,  appears  as  ensign,  with  his  signature  ap- 
pended. Fort  William  Henry,  Oct.  11,  1756.  In  a  billetting  roll,  of 
Capt.  Salah  Barnard's  company,  of  Colonel  Williams'  regiment, 
Ebenezer  Bardwell,  of  Hatfield.  April  13,  1757  or  1758,  received  the 
king's  allowance,  June  3,  1757  or  1758 ;  amount  due  him  £\  14s.  8d., 
days,  fifty-two ;  vol.  96,  p.  40.  His  name  appears  with  the  rank  of 
second  lieutenant  in  a  muster  roll  of  the  company  in  His  Majesty's 
service  under  command  of  Capt.  John  Burke;  enlisted  March  21, 
1759,  to  Nov.  30,  1759,  thirty-five  weeks,  at  £s  per  month,  ;^43 
15s.  He  received  from  the  commissary  £2  2s.  4d;  balance 
due  him,  ^^41  12s.  8d.  He  was  lieutenant  in  Capt.  Moses 
Porter's  company  in  the  expedition  to  Crown  Point,  in 
1756,  and  in  Capt.  Salah  Barnard's  company  in  the 
expedition  to  Canada,  in  1757-58.— French  and  Indian 
War  Records,  Massachusetts.  2.  Hannah,  b.  June  24,  1709.  3. 
Joseph,  b.  1711.  4.  Lieutenant  Remembrance,  b.  1713;  m.  Har- 
riet Dickinson.  5.  Esther,  b.  1715;  d.  soon.  6.  Jonathan,  b.  Jan. 
5,  1718;  d.  young.  7.  Abigail,  b.  Oct.  14,  i72i;m.  Noah  Wells. 
8.  Esther,  b.  Dec.  15,  1722;  m.  Daniel  Morton,  a  son  of  Abra- 
ham and  Sarah  (Kellogg)  Morton,  of  Whately,  Mass.,  their  son, 
Consider  Morton,  b.  Oct.  12,  1762,  in  Whately,  died  April  i,  1834; 
married  Nov.  5,  1786,  Mercy  Clark,  a  daughter  of  Elisha  and  Han- 
nah (Hopkins)  Clark,  who  was  born  April  24.  1762,  and  died  Jan. 
16,  1850.  Their  daughter,  Hannah  Morton,  b.  Sept.  10,  1797,  d. 
Aug.  30.  1875;  m.  Dec.  9,  1819,  William  Avery  Howland,  son  of 
John  and  Grace  (Avery)  Howland,  who  was  b.  May  17,  1794,  d. 
June  24,  1878.  Their  children  born  in  Conway,  Mass.,  were:  1. 
Edward  Howland,  b.  June  28,  1821;  d.  Aug.  24,  1863.     ii.  William 


Howland,  b.  Dec.  12,  1822;  d.  Dec.  23.  1880.  iii.  George  How- 
land,  b.  July  30,  1824;  principal  ot  the  Chicago  Central  High 
School,  1860-1880;  superintendent  of  Chicago  Public  Schools,  1880- 
1890.  iv.  Henry  Howland,  b.  March  29,  1827;  d.  May,  1883.  v. 
Allen  Howland,  b.  Jan.  20,  1832;  d.  Jan.  13,  1857.  vi.  Eliza  S. 
Howland,  b.  Nov.  13,  1833;  d.  Aug.  30,  1836.  vii.  Francis  How- 
land, b.  June  II,  1836;  d.  April  i,  1838.  viii.  Francis  Howland, 
b.  Sept.  3,  1838.  ix.  Walter  Morton  Howland,  b.  July  22,  1840; 
m.,  ist,  July  2,  1873,  Florence  C.  Reynolds;  m.,  2d,  July  12,  1881, 
Mida  D.  Warne;  m.,  3d,  Anna  Prettyman,  April  11,  1893.  Child 
by  second  marriage:  Florence  Elizabeth  Howland,  b.  May 
28,  1883,  in  Chicago.  Mr.  Howland  is  governor  of  the  Society  of 
Mayflower  descendants  in  Illinois,  also  a  trustee  of  Amherst  Col- 

William  Howland  was  born  Dec.  12,  1822,  and  died  Dec.  23, 
x88o.  He  was  graduated  at  Amherst  College  in  1 846 ;  was  a  pro- 
fessor of  Greek  and  Latin  at  Williston  Seminary;  instructor  of 
Greek,  Latin  and  chemistry  in  Amherst  College ;  studied  law,  and 
in  1852  moved  to  Lynn,  Mass.,  where  he  was  a  leading  citizen  and 
a  prominent  member  of  the  bar  until  his  death.  George  Howland 
was  born  July  30,  1824;  died  Oct.  23,  1892.  He  was  graduated  at 
Amherst  College  in  1850;  was  a  tutor  and  instructor  there  from 
1852  to  1857;  principal  of  the  Chicago  High  School  from  i860  to 
1880,  and  superintendent  of  the  Public  Schools  of  Chicago  from 
1880  until  1891.  He  served  two  terms  as  master  of  Amherst  Col- 
lege ;  elected  by  the  alumni.  He  was  elected  president  of  the 
Illinois  State  Board  of  Education  in  1883.  He  was  one  of  the  best 
superintendents  of  the  public  schools  that  Chicago  ever  had.  The 
principals  of  the  public  schools  of  Chicago  soon  after  his  decease 
formed  the  George  Howland  Club,  in  honor  of  his  memory,  and 
meet  every  month  during  the  school  year.  Henry  Howland  was 
born  March  29,  1827,  and  died  at  Rochester,  N.  Y.,  in  May,  1883. 
He  was  a  business  man,  a  lumber  dealer  and  lived  at  Chicago.  He 
was  a  quartermaster  with  the  rank  of  colonel  in  the  civil  war. 
Francis  Howland  was  born  Sept.  3,  1838.  He  is  a  farmer,  and 
owns  and  occupies  the  old  Howland  homestead  at  Conway,  Mass. 
Walter  Morton  Howland  was  born  July  22,  1840.  He  fitted  for 
college  in  the  Conway  public  schools,  and  at  Williston  Seminary, 
Easthampton,  Mass.  He  was  graduated  at  Amherst  College  in 
1863;  studied  law  and  is  a  well  known  and  successful  lawyer  in 
Chicago.  Five  years  since  he  was  elected  by  the  alumni  trustee 
of  Amherst  College,  which  office  he  still  holds. 

219.  ii.       JOANNA,  b.  Dec.  9,  1686;  d.  Aug.  30,  1689. 

220.  iii.      JOSEPH,  b.  June  9,  1689;  m.'  Mary  Smith. 

221.  iv.       DAUGHTER,  b.  March  15,  1691;  d.  April  19,  1691. 

222.  V.        JOANNAH,  b.  Jan.  9,    1693;   m.,   June   11,   1713,  Capt.   Thomas 

French,  of  Deerfield.  He  was  son  of  Thomas,  b.  1689;  was  cap- 
tured in  1704,  and  returned  before  1707;  he  was  probably  brought 
back  by  Ensign  John  Sheldon  on  his  second  trip;  d.  July  26,  1759. 
Ch. :  I.  Mary,  b.  March  26,  171 9;  m.  James  Rider.  2.  Freedom, 
b.  March  2,  1721;  d.  Oct.  26,  1727.  3.  Abigail,  b.  April  29,  1724: 
d.  Oct.  31,    1727.      4.  Thomas,  b.   July  20,   1726;  d.  Oct.  25,  1727. 












5.  Freedom,  b.  April  22,  1730;  m.  Aaron  Rice.  6.  Thomas,  b. 
April  22,  1732;  m.  Miriam  Billings.  7.  Abigail,  b.  Oct.  22,  1735; 
m.  Joseph  Catlin.  8.  Joanna,  b.  May  i,  1740;  m.  Moses  Sever- 
223.  vi.  LYDI  A,  b.  June  26,  1695;  m.  1724,  John  Bliss,  of  Springfield.  Shed. 
Feb.  29,  1760.  He  was  son  of  Samuel  and  Sarah  (Stebbins)  Bliss, 
and  grandson  ot  Nathaniel  and  Catherine  (Chapin) ;  was  b.  Long- 
meadow,  Nov.  4,  1690;  d.  Oct.  8,  1784.  Res.  Springfield.  Chil- 
dren: 1.  John,  b.  Feb.  i,  1727;  d.  Nov.  3,  1809.  2.  Aaron,  b. 
May  3,  1730;  d.  Feb.  i,  1810. 

JONATHAN,  b.  Oct.  13,  1697;  m.  Mary  Billings  and  Esther  Smith. 

MARTHA,  b.  Oct.  19,  1699. 

ABIGAIL,  b.  Sept.  4,  1702;  d.  Jan.  10,  1721. 

ISRAEL,  b.  June  29,  1705;  d.  July  16,  1705. 

THANKFUL,  b.  Sept.  19,  1707;  d.  Oct  11,  1707. 

167.  JOHN  FIELD  (John,  William,  John,  Richard,  William,  William),  b. 
Providence,  R.  I.,  about  1645;  m.  there,  Elizabeth  Everden,  dau.  of  Hon.  Anthony; 
also  d.  in  Providence  in  1687.  She  d.  before  1698.  He  d.  in  1698.  Anthony  Ever- 
den was  a  freeman  in  1670 ;  was  a  member  ot  the  town  council  1667-72;  deputy  to 
General  Court,  1667-68-71-72-73. 

In  1677  John  moved  to  Bridgewater,  Mass.,  from  Providence,  R.  I.,  July  5,  1687; 
he  sold  Samuel  Comstock,  of  Providence,  two  acres  of  meadow  there  for  £a,  los, 
and  his  wife,  Elizabeth,  conveyed  her  third  also.  May  3,  1695,  he  deeded  (tor  nat- 
ural love  and  affection  for  his  deceased  brother,  Zachariah)  to  four  of  his  brothers' 
children,  viz.,  John,  James,  Daniel  and  Joseph,  all  lands  in  Providence,  "which 
did  formerly  belong  to  my  honored  father,  John  Field,  of  Providence,  deceased" 
— with  certain  exceptions  of  lots  previously  sold,  etc.  The  land,  however,  was  to 
be  for  the  use  of  Sarah  Field,  widow  of  Zachariah,  during  her  widowhood,  or  till  the 
boys  were  twenty-one,  at  which  time  they  were  to  have  it  equally,  and  they  were 
to  provide  their  mother  with  a  maintenance  if  she  remained  a  widow  after  they 
were  of  age.  Dec.  28,  1696,  he  deeded  John  Guernsey,  of  Providence,  for  ^^20,  a 
tract  of  land,  a  mile  east  of  Mashwenscut,  containing  sixty  acres,  and  five  acres  of 
meadow,  bounded  partly  by  land  "formerly  belonging  to  my  father-in-law,  Anthony 
Everden,  now  deceased."  He  also  sold  a  half  purchase  of  commonage — all  in 
Providence,  March  8,  1698:  administration  to  eldest  son,  John;  inventory  ;^i67 
19s.  8d. ;  4  oxen  £'i.'2.\  9  cows,  ^18;  3  calves,  3  swine,  arms,  ammunition,  spinning- 
wheel,  land  ;^93  9s.  lod. 

Prov.  Early  records — B.  3,  102,  swore  allegiance  to  Charles  II.,  in  May,  1667.  B.  2, 
371.  "Nephews,  May  3,  1695.  "For  natural  love  and  affection  which  I  did  bear  to 
my  loving  brother  Zachary  Field  (deceased)  and  for  divers  causes  and  respects  to  his 
wife  and  children  To  John,  James,  Daniel  and  Joseph  Field  and  to  widow  Sarah 
(during  her  widowhood)  when  they  shall  reach  21,  &c.  &c.  land  which  belonged  to 
Father  John  Field  of  Providence.  Not  recorded  until  1713-14  Feby.  i.  e.  "all  the 
lands  which  belonged  to  his  father  John  of  Providence  excepting  those  parcels  here- 
after mentioned ;  which  I  the  above  John  Field  do  reserve  to  me.  All  the  land  I 
sold  to  Gideon  Crawford,  a  piece  of  meadow  bordering  upon  Oyster  Point  &c.  and 
%,  right  of  commonage  within  the  four  mile  line,  and  whole  purchase  right  between 
the  four  and  seven  mile  line,  and  a  half  purchase  right  beyond  the  seven  mile  line, 
all  which  lands  are  in  Providence.  And  for  all  the  lands  which  did  belong  to  my 
honored  father  John  Field,  I  freely  bequeath  to  my  sister,  Sarah  Field  during  her 











widowhood,  or  until  my  Kinsmen,  John.  James,  Daniel  and  Joseph  shall  come   to 
the  age  of  21,  then  to  be  equally  divided  between  them." 

Austin  says  administration  was  granted  March  8,  i6q8,  to  eldest  son,  John. 
Inventory,  ^167  19s.  8d. 

7656.  John  Field,  of  Bridgewater.  His  eldest  son,  John  Field,  was  appointed 
administrator  March  8,  1697-98.     No  will  and  no  other  heirs  mentioned. 

7659.  On  the  17th  day  of  April,  1699,  John  Hayward,  Sr.,  and  Nathaniel  Brett, 
ot  Bridgewater,  were  appointed  guardians  of  Ruth  Field  and  Hannah  Field,  orphan 
children  of  John  Field,  late  of  Bridgewater.  On  the  same  date,  John  Field  is  chosen 
guardian  to  his  brother,  Daniel  Field.  (This  information  was  taken  from  two  bonds 
written  on  the  same  paper.  The  parents  of  Daniel  not  given,  but  he  is  supposed 
to  be  brother  to  Ruth  and  Hannah. — Plymouth  county  probate.) 

I  find  in  the  land  records  of  Providence,  in  book  No.  2,  a  deed  of  gift  from  John 
Field,  of  Bridgewater,  Mass.,  to  his  four  nephews,  the  children  of  his  brother, 
Zackrey,  of  certain  lands  formerly  belonging  to  his  honored  father,  John  Field,  of 
Providence,  dated  1695.  It  appears  by  the  town  records  of  Bridgewater  that  this 
John  Field  settled  in  Bridgewater  from  Providence  in  1677,  and  died  in  169S.  His 
father  resided  in  Providence  in  1640.  He  d.  in.  1698,  res.  Providence,  R.  I.,  and 
Bridgewater,  Mass. 

JOHN,  b.  Feb.  20,  1671 ;  m.  Elizabeth  Ames. 

ELIZABETH,  b.  Nov.  17,  1673;  m.,  Nov.  3,  1697,  Clement  Briggs, 

of  Easton. 
RICHARD,  b.  May  17,  1677:  m.  Susanna  Waldo. 
LYDIA,  b.  Oct.  9,  1679;  ™-'  O^t.  2,  1701,  Thomas  Manley.  See 
history  of  Easton,  Mass.,  published  in  1886,  by  Rev.  "William  L. 
Chafifin.  Ch. :  i.  Priscilla  Field  Manley,  m.  1732,  Benjamin 
Kinsley,  of  Swanzey,  and  Easton.  2.  Martha  Manley  Kinsley, 
b.  March  21,  1737;  m..  May  30,  1762,  Seth  Lothrop.  3.  Alden 
Lothrop,  m.  Mary  Stevenson.  4.  Sylvanus  Lothrop,  m.  Eliza 
Alden  Stockton.  Their  daughter  is  Mary  Lothrop  Painter.  Res. 
212  Western  avenue,  Alleghany,  Pa.  Ruth  Manly,  daughter  of 
Thomas  and  Lydia  (Field),  married  Josiah  Keith,  ot  Bridgewater. 
Their  son,  Isaac  Keith,  m.  Mary  Randall.  Their  son,  Isaac  Keith, 
Jr.,  m.  Joanna  Pratt  Besse.  Their  daughter,  Parmelia  Keith,  m. 
Col.  Abraham  Washburn,  of  Bridgewater.  Their  daughter,  Lucia 
Conant  Washburn,  m.  William  Jonathan  Cutler,  of  Boston.  Their 
son,  Edward  Hutchins  Cutler,  ot  St.  Paul,  m.  Lucy  Carter  Dunbar. 
Mr.  Cutler  is  junior  member  of  the  firm  of  Noyes  Bros.  &  Cutler, 
importers  and  wholesale  druggists,  396-408  Sibley  street,  St.  Paul. 

233.  V.         DANIEL,  b,  July  17,  1681;  m.  Sarah  Ames. 

234.  vi.       RUTH,  b.  Jan.  25,  1683;  d.  Nov.  22,  1723. 

235.  vii.      HANNAH,  b. ;  m.  Samuel  Steere,  son  of  John,  of  Providence, 

b. ;  d.  Oct.  18,  1745.  Ch. :  (from  Steere  chart) ;  see  will  of  John, 

elsewhere,  i.  Anthony,  b.  Dec.  14,  1716;  d.  Dec.  7,  1802.  2. 
Jonah,  b.  January,  1720;  d.  April  14,  1798.  3.  Jeremiah,  b.  Feb. 
22,  1722;  d.   1803.      4.  Samuel,  b.  Nov.   12,  1731;  d.  Aug.  2,  1814. 

5.  Susannah,  b.  .     6.    Urania,   b. ;  d.   April  5,  1785.     7. 

John,  b.  about  1729.  Providence,  B,  5,  23.  Sept.  3,  1720,  to  Joseph 
Mowry,  land  known  as  Ridghill  Meadow;  no  wife.  B.  5,  113.  Dec. 
8,  1721,  to  Brother  John,  fifteen  acres,  which  John  Steere,  Sr.,  had 
given  to  him.  This  deed  was  voided  by  a  mortgage  in  book  6,  p. 
423.  B.  6,  423.    1721,  mortgage  to  John  Steere,  same  as  B.  5,  113.   B. 


6,  425.  Dec.  6,  1725,  to  Joseph  Mowry,  eighty-five  acres  of  land; 
wife  Hannah.  Steere  chart,  at  Rhode  Island  Historical  Society: 
Urania  m.    William     Coman.      Anthony  m.    Rachel    Comstock. 

Jonah  m.  Lydia  Whipple.     Jeremiah  m.,  ist, Burlingame;  2d, 

Mary  Thornton ;  3d,  Mary  Wade ;  4th,  Jemima  Lee.  Memo.  1 
think  the  Steere  chart  is  mistaken  that  Susannah  married 
Coman;  see  will. 

169.  ZACHARIAH  FIELD  (John,  William,  John.  Richard,  William,  William), 
b.  Providence,  R.  1.,  about  1650;  m.  there  Sarah  Thornton.  She  d.  April  14,  1716, 
dau.  ot  John  and  Sarah.  She  m.,  2d,  John  Gurney.  In  1673  he  was  made  a  tree- 
man;  Aug.  14,  1676,  he  was  ot  those  "who  staid  and  went  not  away"  in  King 
Philip's  war  and  so  had  his  share  m  the  disposition  ot  the  Indian  captives  whose 
services  were  sold  for  a  number  of  years;  Sept.  i,  1687,  taxed  6s;  1687  ratable 
estate  ot  himself  and  mother:  horse,  2  oxen,  2  cows,  4  heifers,  30  sheep,  hog, 
8  acres  of  fence  (of  which  3  acres  are  planting  land),  8  acres  where  the 
house  is  (of  which  i  acre  is  orchard,  2  acres  worn  out  and  2  acres  planting),  4 
acres  of  meadow,  a  house  lot  in  town,  a  little  orchard  and  meadow.  Oct.  31,  1688, 
he  and  wife  Sarah  deeded  land  to  John  Mathewson.  Sept.  12,  1693.  his  widow  ap- 
peared before  the  town  council  and  desired  settlement  ot  her  husband's  estate.  She 
presented  inventory  and  administration  was  given  her  and  John  Thornton.  Aug. 
13,  1695,  complaint  was  made  by  John  Thornton  and  his  father,  John  Thornton, 
Sr.,  desiring  council  to  take  care  of  children  of  Zachery  Field,  that  they  may  be 
bound  out  to  good  places  and  educated.  The  council  thereupon  ordered  the  mother 
to  look  up  good  places  for  three  eldest  boys.  Sept.  17,  1695,  the  widow  informed 
the  council  that  she  had  bound  out  her  sons  Zachariah  and  John  to  Nathaniel 
Waterman,  and  James  to  Solomon  Thornton.  Feb.  4,  1696,  her  administration  was 
taken  away  from  her  and  given  solely  to  John  Thornton,  because  she  wasted  the 
estate  and  did  not  improve  it  as  it  ought  to  be,  and  had  not  appeared  before 
council  and  was  "refractory  in  her  actings."  On  the  same  date  the  council  ordered 
that  Daniel  Field  be  put  out  to  Nicholas  Sheldon  till  of  age.  March  31,  1714,  will 
proved.  April  30,  1714,  of  his  widow,  then  wife  of  John  Gurney,  and  the  latter 
appeared  and  stated  he  was  present  when  his  deceased  wife  made  her  will,  and  that 
he  consented  thereto.  Executor  was  her  son,  Joseph  Field.  To  her  son,  Zachariah, 
she  gave  5s,  and  to  sons  John,  James  and  Daniel  also  5s  each.  To  her  daughter 
Sarah,  all  my  brass,  pewter,  and  iron  vessels,  bedding  and  other  utensils  for  house- 
keeping. To  son  Jo.seph,  cattle,  sheep,  swine  and  working  tools,  "they  being  the 
product  of  his  care  and  dilligence"  Inventory,  ;i^6i  15s,  viz.,  2  cows,  4  heifers,  2 
steers,  27  sheep,  swine,  auger  and  other  tools  and  wearing,  etc.,  apparel. 

Early  records,  B.  2,  200.     Swears  allegiance  to  King  Charles  II.,  May  28,  1671. 

Early  Providence  records,  B.  5,  236.  Jan.  17,  1678-79.  From  George  Shepard 
land  between  4  and  7  miles  lines. 

B.  5,  237.  Oct.  30,  1688.  Zachary  Field,  by  consent  of  wife  Sarah,  conveys  same 
property  to  John  Mathewson. 

Early  records,  vol.  8,  p.  12.  Aug.  6,  1676.  List  ot  27  "who  staid  and  went  not 
away,"  includes  Zachary  Field. 

B.  8,  100.  Dec.  7,  i68r.  Town  of  Providence  grant  to  Zachary  Field  a  lot  of  40 
feet  square  above  high  water  mark  to  build  a  wharf  against  his  father's  lot  in  the 

B.  10,  10.  Sept.  12,  1693.  Sarah  Field,  widow  of  Zachariah  Field,  who  deceased 
Aug.  12,  1693,  presented  inventory  of  her  husband's  estate.  He  d.  Aug.  12,  1693. 
Res.  Providence,  R.  I. 


236.  i.         ZACHARIAH,  b.  Jan.  30,  1685;  m.  Abigail . 

237.  ii.        JOHN,  b.  1687;  m.  Hannah . 

238.  ill.       JAMES,  b.   1689;  d.  unm.    about  1718,  Providence;  was  probably 

lost  at  sea  and  unmarried.  B.  3,  17.  Of  William  Crawford,  March 
26,  171 5,  the  homestead  estate  of  his  father,  Zachariah,  and  his 
grandfather,  John.  B,  4,  145.  To  William  Crawford,  March  26, 
171 5,  all  outlying  lands. 

239.  iv.        DANIEL,  b.  Aug.  7,  1690;  removed  to  White  Plains,  N.  Y.    Daniel 

Field  removed  to  White  Plains,  N.  Y.,  before  June  18,  17 19. 
Removed  to  Dutchess  county,  New  York,  before  Oct.  30,  1745. 
Was  a  blacksmith  at  all  places.  B.  2,  458.  From  cousin,  John 
Field,  of  Bridgewater,  Nov.  2,  1714  (B.  5,  p.  9).  459.  To  William 
Edmands,  Oct.  17,  1715.  B.  3,  17.  To  William  Crawford,  March 
26,  1715;  see  James  above  (14).  B.  4,  73.  To  William  Crawford, 
March  25,  1713.  B.  7,  134.  To  brother  Joseph  Field  (16),  June 
i8,  1719,  interest  in  brother  James;  no  wife  named.  B.  11,  314. 
To  brother  Joseph  Field  (16),  Oct.  30,  1745,  interest  in  brother 
James'  estate;  no  wife.  Early  record,  X,  35.  Feb.  4,  1695-96, 
apprenticed  by  town  council  to  Nicholas  Sheldon. 

240.  V.         JOSEPH,  b.  1693;  m.  Zerviah  Carey. 

241.  vi.       SARAH,  b. ;  d.  unm. 

171.  THOMAS  FIELD  (Thomas,  William,  John,  Richard,  William,  William), 
b.  in  England  about  1648;  m.  in  Providence,  R.  I.,  Martha  Harris.  She  d.  about 
1 717;  dau.  of  Thomas  and  Elizabeth  (Austin). 

Early  records,  B  3,  loi;  Thomas  swore  allegiance  to  King  Charles  II., June  i, 
1667.  B.  3,  323;  chosen  treasurer  of  town  of  Providence  June  3,  1672.  B.  2,  11.  To 
Col.;;;Nathaniel  Thomas,  1705.  143.  To  Ehza  Smith,  Oct.  10,  1709.  150.  To  John 
Yates,  Jr.,  Dec.  29,  1709,  his  son-in-law.  307.  To  John  Yates,  Jr.,  Aug.  2,1712. 
338.  To  Benjamin  Smith,  June  7,  1714.  343.  To  Daniel  Mathewson,  May  5,  5,  1712. 
353.  From  William  Crawford,  Aug.  12,  1714.  406.  From  William  Crawford,  Aug. 
12,  1714.  390.  To  Elizer  Arnold,  Jan.  27,  1714-15.  406.  To  award  of  land,  Nov.  21, 
1685.  492.  To  Thomas,  Jr.  May  19,  1715.  519.  To  John  Angell,  April  27,  1716. 
543.  To  John  Yeates,  1714.  B.  9,  403.  To  son  William,  Sept  11,  1708.  Important. 
Probate  2,  19,  inventory,  £s4  2s.  4d.  Providence,  9,  403;  Sept.  11,  1708.  To 
son  William  (4),  his  house  and  lot,  bounded  by  land  of  Daniel  Abbott  and  Gideon 
Crawford,  reserving  room  at  his  decease  for  his  now  wife  Martha,  during  her 
married  life,  also  lands  at  Wanskuck  and  What  Cheer,  half  a  right  of  land  and 
meadow,  west  side  of  seven  mile  line,  near  Wanskuck,  also  his  right  in  thatch 
beds,  all  his  right  up  the  river  Woonasquatucket,  also  his  part  of  the  Thatch  Cove, 
between  Timothy  Carpenter  and  Ponagansett  for  twelve  years,  after  that  one- 
half  part  ot  all  my  cattle  and  swine,  in  case  my  now  wife  Martha  outlives  me, 
mother  of  my  said  William,  said  William  shall  pay  her  forty  shillings  annually. 
This  deed  was  not  entered  until  1738.  Wills  2.  1717.  Thomas  inventory  pre- 
sented by  son  Thomas.  Son  Thomas  appointed  administrator.-  See  early  records, 
XII.  p.  59.  Early  records,  B.  4,  p.  34.  April  12,  1675,  Thomas  with  others 
protests  in  town  meeting  against  vote  denying  right  of  Joshua  Verin  to  sell  land  in 
Providence.  B.  4,  213.  July  23,  1706.  Thomas  and  Martha  given  by  Elizabeth 
Hoag,  of  Boston,  her  daughter  (born  April  4,  1703)  to  bring  up.  I  presumed  she 
was  the  Elizabeth  (5)  who  married  John  Yeats,  but  this  cannot  be  as  she  (5)  married 
1708-9.  B.  8,  pp.  II,  12,  1676.  Aug.  14,  1676,  at  Thomas  Field's  by  the  water  side 
under  a  tree  was  held  a  town  meeting.     In  list  of  twenty-seven  "who  staid  and 


went  not  away"  appears  name  of  Thomas  Field.      He  was  chosen  one  of  five  to 
dispose  ot  the  Indians  captured. 

It  is  noticeable  that  he  had  grandsons,  Anthony  and  Jeremiah  Field,  as  did  also 
John  Field,  Jr.  June  3,  1665,  he  gave  receipt  to  his  aunt,  Deborah  Field,  tor 
legacies  which  she,  as  executrix  of  his  uncle,  William  Field's  will,  had  paid  him. 
The  will  reterred  to  (dated  May  31,  1665)  gave  to  loving  cousin  (i.  e.  nephew), 
Thomas  Field,  now  at  Providence  with  me,  all  that  cargo  that  is  now  upon  sending 
to  the  Barbadoes,  as  also,  all  my  horsekind  (with  certain  exceptions),  and  four 
heifers,  rights  of  land  at  Aquidnesett  and  Pauchassett,  and  turs  which  I  have  in 
my  house.  It  was  further  provided  that  at  death  ot  testator's  wife,  his  nephew, 
Thomas,  should  have  the  house  and  all  the  etc.  (including  Saxafrax  Neck),  thus 
making  him  his  heir,  1667-70-83-92-95-1706.  Deputy,  Feb.  20,  1671.  He  had  twelve 
acres  laid  out.  1673-74  assistant;  1674  town  treasurer.  Aug.  14,  1676,  town  meet- 
ing was  held,  "before  Thomas  Field's  house,  under  a  tree,  by  the  water  side,  "to 
make  disposition  of  Indian  captives,  whose  services  were  sold  for  a  term  of  years. 
He  had  his  share  in  the  sale,  as  he  was  one  of  those  "who  said  and  went  not  away" 
in  King  Philip's  war.  July  i,  1679,  taxed  is  gd.  1681-82-83-87-88-1 702-3-4,  town 
council.  Nov.  27,  1682,  in  an  agreement  about  the  boundary  lines  between  certain 
parties,  allusion  is  made  to  Thomas  Field,  as  being  nephew  and  heir  to  William 
Field.  Nov.  21,  1685,  he  had  lands  laid  out  to  him,  lo^  acres.  Sept.  i,  1687,  taxed 
13s.  7d.  1688,  ratable  estate,  a  bull,  11  cows,  2  oxen,  3  heifers,  3  two-year,  8  year- 
ling, a  horse,  6  swine,  6  acres  Indian  corn  and  English  corn,  2  acres  mowing  pasture 
in  swamp,  10  acres  pasture,  2  shares  meadow,  80  acres  wild  pasture,  300  acres  in 
woods  and  rights.  July  23,  1706,  he  and  his  wife,  Martha,  had  given  to  them 
Margaret  Hoggs,  the  little  daughter  of  Elizabeth  Hoggs,  for  them  to  bring  up, 
instruct  and  dispose  of  as  their  own.  (The  mother  of  the  child  gave  her  to  them.) 
Sept.  II,  1708,  he  deeded  son  William  land,  situated  lying  and  being  in  Providence, 
bounded  north  by  land  of  Daniel  Abbott,  south  by  heirs  of  Gideon  Crawford,  east 
with  highway  and  west  with  town  street,  including  dwelling  house,  etc.,  half  at  the 
signing  of  deed  and  half  at  decease  ot  grantor,  reserving  a  fire-room  for  use  of 
wife,  if  she  live  after  me.  He  further  deeded  to  son  William  two  parcels  of  land, 
one  ot  thirty  acres,  in  place  called  Waller's  Island,  in  place  of  Great  Swamp,  and 
the  other  at  place  called  What  Cheer,  also  ot  thirty  acres,  with  reservation  to 
grantor  ot  privilege  of  timber,  firewood  and  pasturing  at  What  Cheer  for  life. 
He  further  deeded  him  one-half  right  in  lands  and  meadow,  west  side  of  seven  mile 
line,  about  100  acres  east  of  seven  mile  line, with  other  rights,  etc.  But  in  case  my 
now  wife  Martha,  mother  of  said  William,  should  outlive  me,  then  William  is  to 
pay  her  40s  annually  for  life.  Dec.  29,  1709,  he  deeded  son-in-law,  John  Yates,  Jr., 
for  well  being  and  settlement,  a  lot  on  west  side  of  town  street,  near  my  dwell- 
ing, and  three  years  later  deeded  him  another  lot.  May  29,  1715,  he  deeded  son, 
Thomas,  Jr.,  for  love  and  affection,  etc.,  all  lands  and  meadows  in  place  called 
Pumgausett,  adjoining  land  where  he  now  dwelleth,  half  at  signing  of  deed  and 
other  half  at  decease  of  grantor  (excepting  what  had  before  been  disposed  of  to 
son  William),  also  two  other  lots  of  seventy-one  acres  and  eighty  acres,  and  cer- 
tain rights.  Nov.  29,  1717,  administration  to  son  and  heir  Thomas  on  his  estate. 
Inventory,  ^54  2S.  4d.,  viz.,  a  cow  that  "he  brought  with  him."  and  3  cows  raised 
by  son  Thomas,  for  his  father's  use,  2  steers,  2  heifers  and  2  calves  raised  by  son 
Thomas,  and  8  sheep  and  3  lambs,  raised  by  son  Thomas,  and  an  old  Bible,  warm- 
ing pan,  and  old  pewter,  brass,  wearing  apparel,  etc.  Perhaps  his  daughter,  Mary, 
married  John  Dexter  (Stephen,  Gregory).  He.  d.  Aug.  10,  1717,  res.  Provi- 
dence, R.  I. 


242.  i.         THOMAS,  b.  Jan.  3,  1670;  m.  Abigail  Hopkins  and  Abigail  Chaffee. 

243.  ii.        MARY,  b.   June   i,  1673;  ™-  John    Dexter.     He    was    b.     1673;  d. 

April  22,  1734;  son  of  Stephen  and  Abigail  (Whipple).  She  d. 
June,  1727,  and  he  m.  2d,  Mary  Mason,  who  d.  s.  p.  Ch. :  i.  Naomi, 
b.  1698.  2.  Mary,  b.  1699.  3.  John,  b.  1701  4.  Stephen,  b. 
1703.  5.  Jeremiah,  b.  1705.  6.  Sarah,  b.  1707.  7.  Lydia,  b.  1709. 
8.  William,  b.  1711.     9.  Jonathan,  b.  1713.      10.    Abigail,  b.  1715. 

244.  iii.       AMOS,  b.  in  1677;  d.  young. 

245.  iv.        WILLIAM,  b.  June  8,  16S2;  m.  Martha and  Mary  Mathewson. 

246.  V.         MARTHA,  b. ;  m.  Thomas  Mathewson.     He  d.  Oct.  23,  1735. 

■  Res.  Providence  and  Scituate,  R.  I.     Ch. :     i.  Thomas.     2.  Amos. 

Dec.  2,  1707,  he  had  a  deed  of  four  acres  of  land  from  William 
Field,  whom  he  calls  brother-in-law,  and  who  conveys  the  land 
for  good  will  and  respect.  Thomas  Field,  father  of  said  William, 
confirms  the  deed.  His  widow  was  administratrix  of  the  estate. 
Inventory,  ;i^7i8  is.  4d. 

Austin  is  my  authority  for  this  name  (Martha).  He  savs  she 
married  Thomas  Mathewson,  but  he  subsequently  corrects  this 
and  says  that  Mathewson  married  Martha  Sheldon.  I  do  not 
know  of  any  such  Martha. 

247.  vi.       ELIZABETH,  b.  Aug.  27,  167 — ;  m.,  Jan,  24,  1709,  John  Yeats,  Jr. 

He  was  son  of  John  Yates,  and  died  Nov.   28,    1724.     Ch. :     i. 

John.       2.  James,  b.  July  18,   1710;  m.,  Jan.  6,  1733,  bapt.  at 

Uxbridge,  Mass.  3.  Mary  (see  below) ;  married  at  Providence, 
June  9,  1 721,  John  Bird,  of  Newport. 

B.  2,  150.  From  Thomas  Field,  Dec.  29,  1709.  543.  From 
Thomas  Field,  1714,  and  Marcy  Borden. 

Council  records:  James  Yeats  chooses  his  uncle,  Thomas  Field 
(3),  to  be  his  guardian. 

Council  records:  June  4,  1733,  voted  that  William  Turpin  shall 
deliver  what  things  is  now  remaining  in  his  hands  that  was  the 
estate  of  John  Yeats,  deceased,  unto  Mary  Boed,  dau.  of  ye 
said  John  Yates.     (I  think  this  name  is  Boyd.) 

175.  JEREMIAH  FIELD  (Joseph,  Edward,  William,  John,  John,  William), 
b.  bap.  Bradford,  England,  July  27,  1634;  m.  there  Nov.  2,  1658,  Judith  Walker, 
daughter  of  William,  of  Scoles,  in  the  parish  of  BirstoU.  Jeremiah  Feild,  named 
in  his  father's  will,  bap.  at  Bradford  July  27,  1634,  of  Hipperholme,  1660  to  1672, 
afterwards  of  Chellow,  buried  at  Bradford  May  7,  1705. 

The  children  of  Jeremiah  and  Judith  Feild  are  recorded  as  follows:  Joseph 
Feild,  eldest  son  and  heir,  baptized  at  Halifax,  March  10,  1660;  sometime  of  Chel- 
low, after  of  Shipley  and  Heaton.  Will  dated  March  i,  1728;  codicil  April  11,  1729; 
proved  July  6,  1733.  Died  without  issue.  Mary,  baptized  at  Halifax,  Jan.  11,  1662; 
married  at  Bradford,  May  i,  1685,  to  Paul  Greenwood.  John  Feild,  of  Chellow,  in 
Heaton,  second  son,  married  Grace,  daughter  of  Timothy  Rhodes,  of  Heaton,  and 
relict  of  Thomas  Hodgson,  of  Little  Heaton,  in  the  parish  of  Bradford.  Buried  at 
Bradford,  Jan.  18,  1731,  and  his  wife.  Grace,  Dec.  5,  1702.  Sarah  Feild,  of  Brad- 
ford died  unmarried.  May  11,  1758,  at  a  great  age.  Anne,  baptized  at  Halifax, 
May  8,  1671.  Abigail,  baptized  at  Halifax,  March  16,  1672,  married  to  George 
Longbotham,  of  that  town;  living;  a  widow,  March  i,  1728.  He  d.  1705.  Res. 
Chellow,  England. 








248.  i.  JOSEPH;  sometime  of  Chellow,  after  of  Shipton  and  Heaton,  eld- 
est son  and  heir,  baptized  at  Halifax,  March  10,  1660;  will  dated 
March  i,  1728;  codicil  April  11,  1729;  proved  July  6,  1733;  d.  s.  p., 
and  the  estate  passed  to  his  nephew  John. 

249.  ii.  MARY,  bap.  at  Halifax,  Jan.  11,  1662;  m.  at  Bradford,  May  i,  1685, 
Paul  Greenwood,  esq. 

JOHN,  b. ;  m.  Grace  (Rhodes)  Hodgson  and  Susan  Binns. 

ANNE,  bap.  Halifax,  May  8,  1671. 

ABIGAIL,  bap.  Halifax,  March  16,  1672;  m.  George  Longbotham, 
esq.,  of  Halifax,  England.     She  was  living  a  widow  May  i,  1728. 

253.     vi.       SARAH,  b. .     Res.  Bradford;  d.  unm.  at  a  great  age.  May  11, 

1758,  and  was  buried  there. 

179.  WILLIAM  FEILDE  (William,  Edward,  Edward,  Christopher,  John, 
Christopher,  John,  Richard,  Thomas  ,  Adam,  Richard,  Roger),  b.  Wakefield,  Eng- 
land,   ;    m.    Sarah ;  d.    May  4,    1657.      The  following  is  entered  in  the 

Wakefield  Manor  rolls  in  161 2:  "William  Feilde,  civic  and  Merchante  tayler 
de  London  &  Sara  ux.  eius  surrender  vac,  voc.  Lowefeild  (Wakefield)  to 
John  Lyon  of  Wakefeild,  gent,  money  to  be  paid  at  his  house  in  the  psh  of 
St.  Faith,  London."  It  does  not  follow  that  the  calling  of  this  William 
was  that  of  tailor,  tor  many  who  had  no  such  occupation,  joined  this  wealthy 
guild  for  the  valuable  privileges  conferred  on  its  members.  His  will  is  recorded  in 
the  Prerogative  Court  of  Canterbury  at  London.  It  is  dated  Jan.  28,  1621-22,  and 
was  proved  Feb.  13th  following.  He  styles  himself  "Citizen  and  Merchant  Taylor." 
He  leaves  to  four  friends  in  trust  "Ail  my  lands  and  tents  in  Hawmess  and  Chap- 
well,  Co.  Beds."  The  personality  to  be  divided  between  his  wife,  Sarah,  and  his 
children.  There  are  legacies  as  follows:  To  my  wife  Sarah  200  out  of  my  lands  at 
Lambeth.  To  twenty  poor  people  of  this  parish  of  St.  Faith,  each  20s.  To  my 
brother  John  Chapman  20s.  for  a  ring.  To  my  brother  Warner  and  my  sister  each 
20S.  To  my  mother  20s.  He  appoints  his  wife,  Sarah,  sole  executrix.  His  widow 
survived  him  for  more  than  thirty  years.  Her  will  is  dated  July  30,  1653,  and  was 
proved  Nov.  10,  1657.  She  describes  herself  as  "Sarah  Field  of  St.  Faith's  under 
St.  Paul's  widow,  aged  and  weak,"  and  directs  her  debts  to  be  paid  out  of  her  leases 
in  St.  Paul's  church  yard  and  Old  Change.  There  are  bequests  to  my  grand- 
daughter Mary,  wife  of  Oliver  Boteler  of  Harrold,  Co.  Bedford;  to  my  son-in-law, 
William  Jetson  and  his  wife  Mary;  to  my  son-in-law,  Robert  Thornton ;  to  Adam 
Howes,  and  to  her,  the  testator's  daughters,  Sarah  Thornton  and  Elizabeth  Howes. 
She  speaks  of  her  eldest  son  Samuel,  deceased;  of  her  son  James,  and  of  her  grand- 
child William  Feild.  Her  burial  is  thus  recorded  in  the  parish  registers  of  St. 
Faith's:  "1657  May  4,  Mrs.  Feild  out  of  St.  John's,  chancel."  Meaning  that  she 
was  buried  in  this  part  of  the  church.  The  writer  supposes  that  the  words  "  out 
of  St.  John's"  mean  that  she  was  residing  in  that  parish  at  the  time  of  her  death, 
but  that  her  husband  was  buried  in  the  church  of  St.  Faith's,  and,  as  she  wished  to 
lie  beside  him,  was  interred  there.     He  d.  Feb.  1621-22;  res.,  London,  England. 

SARAH,  b. ;  m.  Robert  Thornton. 

ELIZABETH,  b. ;  m.  Adam  Howes. 

SAMUEL,  b.  ;  m. . 

JAMES,  b. . 

MARY,  b. ;  m.  William  Jetson. 

180.  ROBERT  FIELD  (Robert,  Robert,  William,  Christopher,  John,  Christo- 
pher, John,  John,  Richard,  Thomas,  Adam,  Richard,  Roger),  b.  Newtown,  L.  I., ; 

m.  Dec.  24,  1689,  Mrs.  Phcebe  (Titus)  Scudder.    Robert  Feild,  of  Newtown,  grandson 











of  the  emigrant,  married  Phoebe,  daughter  of  Edmond  Titus,  and  widow  of  

Scudder.  The  register  of  the  Society  of  Friends  says,  in  an  entry  referring  to 
her  father's  death,  that  "his  daughter  Pheby  Field,  standing  by  him,  he de- 
parted this  life  in  a  quiet  frame  of  spirit  sensible  to  the  last,  the  7th  2nd  mo. 
1 71 5— aged  85." 

Her  marriage  is  entered  as  follows  in  the  Friends'  register:  "Robert  Field, 
son  of  Robert  Field  of  Newtown  and  Phebe  Scudder  of  Westbury,  24th  day  ot  12th 
mo.  1689,  at  the  house  of  Edmond  Titus  of  Westbury." 

This  Robert  Field's  will  was  dated  the  loth  day  of  the  loth  month,  1734,  and 
proved  April  16,  1735.  He  names  in  it  his  brother  Elnathan's  children,  Robert, 
Benjamin,  Susannah,  Phoebe  and  Mary;  the  daughters  of  his  brother  Nathaniel, 
who  are  not  named,  and  a  daughter  of  his  brother  Ambrose,  also  not  named.  There 
are  bequests  to  his  sister  Susannah,  wife  of  Peter  Thorne,  to  Robert  Field,  and 
wite  Elizabeth,  and  "my  cousin  (i.  e.,  nephew)  Robert  Field"  is  one  of  the  execu- 
tors. His  widow,  Phoebe,  made  her  will  the  12th  day  ot  the  nth  month,  1742. 
There  are  numerous  legacies  in  it  to  relatives  and  friends,  and  among  others  to 
the  wite  of  Robert  Field  and  her  two  daughters  and  two  sons,  Elnathanand  Robert. 
It  is  evident  from  their  wills  that  Robert  and  Phoebe  Field  died  childless.  He  d.  in 
1735;  res.,  s.  p.,  Newtown,  L.  I. 

181.  NATHANIEL  FIELD  (Robert,  Robert,  William,  Christopher,  John, 
Christopher.  John  John,  Richard,  Thomas,  Adam,  Richard,  Roger),  b.  Newtown, 
L.  I.  ;  m.  July  9,  1701,  Patience  Bull  of  the  Barbadoes  or  Bermudas.  Nathaniel 
Field,  named  in  a  deed  of  his  father,  dated  Oct,  8,  1690,  and  in  his  brother  Robert's 
will.  Nathaniel  Field,  brother  of  Robert,  third  of  the  name,  and  of  Elnathan,  m.  the 
9th  day  of  the  5th  month,  1701,  Patience  Bull,  "formerly  ot  Bermudas."  The 
author  can  give  no  further  account  ot  him,  nor  of  his  brother  Ambrose,  who  was 
one  ot  the  witnesses  of  his  marriage.  As  shown  in  their  brother  Robert's  will, 
Nathaniel  had  daughters  and  Ambrose  a  daughter  in  1734.  There  may  be  de- 
scendants living  ot  these  two,  and  their  brother  Elnathan.     Res.,  Newtown,  L.  I. 

259.  i.         HE  HAD  several  daughters  mentioned  in  the  will  of  their  uncle 


182.  ELNATHAN  FIELD  (Robert,  Robert,  William,  Christopher,  John, 
Christopher.   John,   John,   Richard,  Thomas,  Adam,  Richard,  Roger),  b.  Newtown, 

L.  I., ;  m.  Elizabeth .     Elnathan  Field,  named,  in  his  father's  deed 

of  Oct.  8,  1690,  and  in  his  brother  Robert's  will.  His  own  dated  July  12,  1735, 
proved  Feb.  7,  1754.  Elizabeth,  named  in  the  record  of  the  birth  ot  her  three 
eldest  children,  and  in  her  husband's  will.  Elnathan  Field,  of  Newtown,  brother 
of  the  last  Robert,  made  his  will  July  12,  1735.  He  mentions  in  it  his  wife  Eliza- 
beth, his  eldest  son  Robert,  son  Benjamin,  and  his  daughters  Susannah,  Sackett, 
and  Phoebe  and  Mary  Coe.  The  author  supposes  that  he  survived  some  time 
after  the  date  of  it,  as  it  was  not  proved  until  Feb.  7,  1754.  An  earlier  entry 
in  the  Friends'  register  records  the  birth  of  some  of  his  children,  the  date  of  it 
being  uncertain.  In  all  probability  Elizabeth  and  Elnathan  died  before  the  wills 
of  their  father  and  uncle  Robert  were  made,  and  their  brother  Benjamin  and  sis- 
ters were  not  born  at  the  date  of  this  entry  in  the  register.  Elnathan  was  elected 
assessor  Jan.  6,  1703;  April  i,  171 2;  April  2,  1723;  April  6,  1724,  and  April  5,  1748. 
He  was  surveyor  of  highways  in  1730.  Was  a  Quaker  in  religion.  He  d.  Jan.  3, 
1754;  res.,  Newtown,  Long  Island. 

260.  i.         ROBERT,  b.  May  12,  1698;  m.  Elizabeth  Hicks. 

261.  ii.        BENJAMIN,  b. ;  named  in  the  wills  of  his  father  and  uncle 













ELIZABETH,  b.  June  24,  1696;  m.  John  Sackett. 

ELNATHAN,  b.  Nov.  19,  1700;  prob.  d.  young. 

SUSANNAH,  b. ;  m.  John  Sackett,  late  husband  of  her  sister 

Elizabeth;  she  was  named  in  her  father's  and  uncle's  wills. 

PHCEBE,  b. ;  m.  John  Coe,  Jr.,  mentioned  in  the  wills. 

MARY,  b. ;  m.  Robert  Coe,  mentioned  in  the  wills.    Children: 

Phoebe  m.  1727.  John  Hendrick,  of  Fairfield,  Conn. ;  their  son 
John,  Jr.,  m.  Eunice  Bradley;  their  daughter  Phcebe  m.  Jeremiah 
Wakeman;  their  daughter  Martha  m.  Hezekiah  Wellman;  their 
daughter  Phoebe  Jane  m.  Napoleon  Bonaparte  Turner;  their 
daughter  Mary  Malvina  m.  i860  Jesse  Sands,  b.  Birmingham, 
England,  1838;  he  d.  March,  1865;  their  daughter  Clara  Louise,  b. 
Feb.  17,  1862,  res.  unm.  66  Lincoln  st.,  Meriden,  Conn. 

183.  BENJAMIN  FIELD  (Robert,  Robert,  William,  Christopher,  John, 
Christopher,  John,  John,  Richard,  Thomas,  Adam,  Richard,  Roger),  b.  Newtown, 
L.  I. ;  m.  May  29,  1692,  Experience  Allen.  Benjamin  Field  was  born  in  Newtown, 
L.  L,  and  went  to  Shrewsbury,  and  later,  about  1690,  to  Chesterfield,  N.  J.  Tradi- 
tion has  it  that  he  was  accompanied  by  Peter  Harvey  and  Lawrence  Miller,  and  all 
journeyed  through  the  province  with  their  families  carrying  their  effects  in  a 
wheelbarrow.  This  may  have  been  true  of  the  others,  but  not  of  Mr.  Field,  for  he 
was  not  married  until  1692.  They  all  settled  close  together  near  the  site  of  the 
present  city  of  Bordentown.  Field  was  possessed  ot  some  means,  was  a  good  busi- 
ness man  and  was  much  respected  and  esteemed  by  the  Friends.  In  1697-98  he  was 
appointed  with  Francis  Davenport  to  contract  with  the  builders  for  the  building  ot 
a  stable  at  the  Crosswick's  Meeting  House.  He  was  frequently  appointed  on  other 
business  committees.      Res.,   Flushing,   L.    I.,  and  Shrewsbury  and  Chesterfield, 

ROBERT,  b.  June  6,  1694;  m.  Mary  Taylor. 

AMBROSE,  b. ;  m.,  1705,  Susannah  Decow. 

SUSANNA,  b. ;  m.  in  1712,  Benjamin  Firman  of  Philadelphia, 


[Osgood  Field,  Esq.,  of  London.] 

Although  it  has  been  supposed  that  the  Fields  of  New  Jersey,  or  rather  that 
some  branches  of  them,  are  descended  from  the  Flushing  family,  as  far  as  the 
writer  is  aware  no  positive  proof  of  this  has  hitherto  been  forthcoming.  Several 
circumstances  have  been  known  tending  to  show  an  early  connection  between  the 
Long  Island  Fields  and  that  State,  but  they  do  not  afford  the  evidence  of  this  rela- 
tionship which  the  genealogist  should  require.  Savage  says  in  his  Dictionary  that 
Robert  Field,  of  Newtown,  a  patentee  of  Flushing  in  1645,  had  a  son,  John,  who 
removed  to  Boundbrook,  N.  J.  1  do  not  know  on  what  authority  this  statement  is 
made.  In  it  the  writer  confuses  the  emigrant  with  his  son  Robert  of  Newtown,  while 
the  John  referred  to  was  probably  the  son  of  Anthony  and  grandson  of  the  first 
settler.  Accuracy  cannot  always  be  expected  in  a  work  of  so  extensive  a  character; 
however,  that  portion  of  the  notice  which  is  more  intimately  connected  with 
the  subject  of  this  article,  is  partly  confirmed  by  the  record  at  Albany  of  a  grant 
by  Gov.  Andros  to  John  Field  of  a  patent  for  land  on  Delaware  Bay,  called 
"Field's  Hope."  The  date  does  not  appear,  but  it  must  have  been  between  1674 
and  1681,  the  extent  of  Andros'  term.  I  may  add  that  the  latest  notices  I  find  of 
John  Field  at  Flushing  are  in  the  valuation  of  estates  there  in  1683,  and  the  patent  of 










1685.  His  name  does  not  appear  among  the  witnesses  to  marriages  there  in  the 
family  commencing  in  1689;  nor  is  he  mentioned  in  the  list  of  the  inhabitants  of 
the  town  in  i6g8.  It  is  not  improbable  that  he  removed  to  New  Jersej^  before  these 
dates,  and  he  may  be  the  same  individual  as  the  one  named  in  the  family  record  of 
an  old  Bible,  noticed  in  the  Register  for  April,  1S68,  who  had  a  son  born  m  1698. 

Among  the  papers  preserved  at  the  old  Bowne  house  in  Flushing,  are  tdree 
letters  from  B.  Field  to  Samuel  Bowne  of  that  town,  dated  at  Chesterfield,  N.  J., 
respectively  1700,  1701  and  1702,  relating  to  purchases  of  land  at  Salem  and  else- 
where in  that  neighborhood,  in  which  they  both  were  interested.  The  writer's 
Christian  name  was  doubtless  Benjamin,  as  I  know  of  no  other  members  of  the 
family,  then  living,  with  the  same  initials.  One  of  them  commences,  dear  friend," 
and  before  the  signatures  of  all  are  the  words  "thy  friend,"  from  which  I  infer  that 
they  were  not  written  by  Benjamin  Field,  the  son  of  Anthony,  who  married  Samuel 
Bowne's  sister  Hannah,  as  other  expressions  would  probably  have  been  used  in 
addressing  one  so  nearly  connected  with  the  writer.  We  may  suppose  that  Bowne's 
correspondent  was  residing  at  Chesterfield  from  the  fact  of  all  these  being  written 
there  at  considerable  intervals  of  time,  and  also  because  it  appears  from  one  that 
the  writer's  wife  was  with  him,  and  we  know  that  the  Benjamin  spoken  of  remained 
at  Flushing  and  died  there  m  1732.  There  were  two  other  members  of  the  Long 
Island  Fields  of  the  same  name,  who  attained  their  majority  before  1700 — one  the 
son  of  the  emigrant  who  is  named  in  the  Flushing  patent  of  1665-66,  and  the  other  a 
grandson  of  Robert  of  Newtown. 

The  first  of  these  Benjamins  must  have  been  nearly  60  years  of  age  at  the  date 
of  these  letters,  and  they  are  apparently  written  by  a  younger  man.  In  the  one 
dated  26th,  5th  month,  1701,  the  writer  says,  "remember  duty  to  my  mother."  The 
emigrant  left  a  widow.  Charity,*  who  was  living  in  1672-3,  but  who  probably  died 
long  before  1701 ;  while  we  know  that  his  son  Robert's  widow  was  then  living,  as  it 
is  stated  in  the  marriage  record  of  his  son  JNathaniel  that  it  took  place  "9th  day, 
5th  month,  1701,"  "at  the  house  of  his  mother  Susannah  ffield,  widdow." 

For  these  reasons  1  am  disposed  to  ascribe  the  authorship  of  these  letters  to 
Benjamin,  son  of  Robert  Field  of  Newtown,  to  whom  his  father  deeded  land  there  in 
1690,  and  who  probably  removed  to  New  Jersey  between  that  date  and  1700.  It  is 
pleasant  to  turn  from  the  uncertain  inferences  derived  from  the  foregoing  state- 
ments to  a  piece  of  undoubted  evidence. 

The  New  Jersey  family,  of  which  the  late  Hon.  Richard  Stockton  Field  was  a 
distinguished  member,  have  had  in  their  possession  tor  generations  an  old  triangu- 
lar seal  of  steel,  or  iron,  believed  by  them  to  have  belonged  originally  to  Robert 
Field,  the  emigrant.  It  has  on  one  side  the  initials  R.  F.,  on  another  a  shield  with 
a  chevron  between  three  garbs,  which  are  the  arms  ot  the  Fields  of  Yorkshire  and 
Flushing,  and  on  the  third  the  crest  granted  to  a  member  ot  the  family  in  1558;  an 
arm,  issuing  from  clouds,  supporting  a  sphere.  The  possession  of  this  relic  by  the 
family  induced  me  to  apply  to  Judge  Field's  daughter  for  any  information  she 
might  have  of  their  ancestry,  and  I  am  indebted  to  this  lady  tor  the  following  copy 
of  entries  in  their  old  family  Bible,  which  in  connection  with  what  is  stated  below, 
conclusively  prove  their  descent  from  the  Flushing  Fields: 

"Robert,  Field,  son  to  Benjamin  and  Experience  Allen,  was  b.  Jan.,  6,  1694. 

"Mary  Field,  daughter  to  Samuel  and  Susanna  Taylor,  was  b.  March  31, 

"Robert  Field,  son  to  the  above  Robert  and  Mary  Field,  was  b.  May  9,  1723. 

Susannah  Field,  daughter  to  Robert  and  Mary  Field,  was  b.  Oct.  25,  1725. 

*  She  describes  herself  as  "widow"  in  a  document  she  signed  Feb.  12,  1672-3,  disclaiming 
any  right  to  "my  sone  Anthony  field's  Lott." 


"Mary  Field,  daughter  to  Robert  and  Mary,  was  b.  Feb.  21,  1730. 

"Samuel  Field,  son  to  the  above  Robert  and  Mary,  was  b.  Feb.,  1736. 

"(Two  other  children,  names  torn  off.) 

"Robert  Field,  son  to  Robert  and  Mary,  'm.  Mary,  daughter  of  Oswald  and 
Lydia  Pease.  Children  ot  the  above:  Lydia,  b.  Oct.  10,  1766;  Mary,  b.  Oct.  10, 
1767;  Robert,  b.  July  10,  1769;  Grace,  b.  Oct.  10,  1770;  Susan,  b.  April  20,  1772; 
Samuel,  b.  July  14,  1773;  Robert,  b.  April  5,  1775  " 

All  the  children  ot  Robert  and  Mary  Pease  died  in  infancy,  except  the  last 
named,  Robert,  who  married  in  1797,  Abby,  daughter  of  Richard  Stockton,  and 
died  in  iSio,  leaving  five  children,  the  fourth  of  whom  was  the  Hon.  R.  S.  Field. 
Among  my  extracts  from  the  old  records  ot  the  Society  ot  Friends  at  Flushing,  I 
find  the  following:  "Benjamin  Field  and  Experience  Allen  declared  intentions  of 
marriage,  29th,  6lh  month,  1C92."  Probably  the  marriage  took  place  elsewhere,  as 
I  found  no  record  ot  it  m  the  Flushing  registers.  This  Benjamin,  who  is  now 
shown  to  be  the  ancestor  of  a  New  Jersey  famil\%  could  not  have  been  Anthony's 
son,  whose  wife  Hannah  Bowne  was  married  to  him  in  1691,  and  survived  till  1707, 

There  were  two  other  members  of  the  family  of  the  name  on  Long  Island  at  an 
early  date,  as  already  stated,  I  do  not  think  that  this  one  was  the  emigrant's  son, 
who  was  at  least  48  years  ot  age  in  1692,  and  probably  several  years  older,  as  his 
brothers  Robert*  and  Anthony  had  attained  their  majority  in  1653,  when  their  father 
conveyed  land  to  them.  Apparently,  he  was  dead,  or  had  left  the  neighborhood  some 
little  time  before  this  marriage,  for  according  to  the  Flushing  records,  two  and  only 
two  ot  the  name  witnessed  the  marriage  of  Robert  Field.,  Jr.,  of  Newtown,  in  1689, 
and  ot  Samuel  Titus, t  a  near  connection,  in  1691,  and  the  signature  of  but  one  is 
appended  to  the  entry  ot  that  of  Benjamin  Field  and  Hannah  Bowne  in  the  last 
named  year. 

As  neither  styles  himself  senior  or  junior,  I  infer  that  they  were  about  the  same 
age,  and  therefore,  the  two  cousins  who  were  grandsons  of  the  emigrant,  both  ot 
whom  are  known  to  have  been  residing  on  Long  Island  about  this  time.  For  a 
generation  after  these  dates  only  one  Benjamin  signs  these  records.  The  conclu- 
sions I  derived  from  all  these  facts  are  that  Benjamin  Field, |  son  of  Robert  of  New- 
town, was  tae  husband  of  Experience  Allen,  and  the  writer  of  these  letters,  and  that 
he  removed  to  New  Jersey  shortly  after  his  marriage,  where  he  left  descendants,  as 
the  old  Bible  clearly  shows. 

183^.  AMBROSE  FIELD  (Robert,  Robert,  William,  Christopher,  John, 
Christopher,  John,  John,  Richard,  Thomas,  Adam,  Richard,  Roger),  b.  Newtown, 

L.  I. ;  m. , .     He  was  named  in  his  father's  deed  in  1690;  had  a  daughter 

who  was  referred  to  in  her  uncle  Robert's  will,  but  name  not  given.      Res.,  New- 
town, L.  I. 

185.  BENJAMIN  FIELD  (Anthony,  Robert,  William,  Christopher,  John, 
Christopher,  John),  b.  Flushing,  L.  I. ;  m.  Nov.  30,  1691,  Hannah  Bowne  of  Flush- 

*  At  the  old  Bowne  house  in  Flushing  is  an  official  copy  by  John  Clements,  the  town  clerk, 
of  a  deed  of  land  there  by  Robert  Field  to  his  sons  Robert  and  Anthony,  dated  Feb.  12, 1653. 
The  Register  for  July,  1864,  contained  a  notice  of  a  pamphlet  by  the  Rev.  Henry  M.  Field,  giv- 
ing an  account  of  the  family,  which,  in  the  number  for  April,  1868,  was  shown  to  be  erroneous. 
It  is  stated  in  this  pamphlet  that  the  brothers  Robert  and  Anthony  were  born  respectively  in 
1636  and  1638.  This  deed,  whose  existence  has  been  known  to  me  only  recently,  proves  that  the 
dates  of  births  signed  therein  to  the  emigrant's  sons  are  at  least  six  years  too  late. 

t  Samuel  Titus,  born  in  1658,  was  a  son  of  Edmund  and  brother  of  Phebe,  the  wife  of  Rob- 
ert Field,  Jr.,  of  Newtown. 

t  His  sister  Susannah  and  "Isaac  Merrit  of  Burlington  in  West  Jersey,"  declared  inten- 
tions of  marriage  in  1699. 


ing,  b.  April  2,  1665;  d.  Dec.  30,  1707;  m.,  2d,  Feb.  23,  1709,  Elizabeth  Peaks  of 
Matinecock;  d.  1724.  Benjamin  Field  of  Flushing,  youngest  son  in  1690,  d.  in 
Flushing,  Dec.  i,  1732,  described  in  record  as  "an  ancient  friend."  His  thini  wife, 
whom  he  m.  at  Flushing,  April  13,  1727,  was  Sarah  Taylor,  widow.  Her  will, 
dated  Nov.  26,  1732,  proved  March  20,  1734,  leaves  her  property  to  her  grandsons 
Doughty  and  March. 

Among  other  papers  preserved  at  the  old  Bowne  house  is  the  draft  of  the  fol- 
lowing letter  from  Hannah  Bowne  to  her  parents.  It  bears  no  date,  but  was  no 
doubt  written  in  1690,  for  in  that  year  her  father  lost  his  second  wife,  Hannah  Bick- 
erstaffe,  and  did  not  marry  his  third,  Mary  Cock,  till  1693:  "And  dear  father  and 
mother,  I  may  also  acquaint  you  that  one  Benjamin  Field,  the  youngest  son  of  my 
friend  Susannah  Field,  has  tenderd  his  love  to  me — the  question  he  has  indeed  pro- 
posed as  concerning  marriage  the  which  as  yet  I  have  not  at  present  rejected  nor 
given  much  way  to,  nor  do  I  intend  to  proceed  nor  let  out  my  affection  too  much 
towards  him  till  I  have  well  considered  the  thing  and  have  yours  and  friends'  ad- 
vice and  consent  concerning  it." 

The  writer  of  this  letter  was  Hannah,  daughter  of  John  Bowne,  and  his  first 
wife  Hannah,  daughter  of  Robert  Feaks,  or  Feeks,  as  it  was  sometimes  spelt.  This 
Feaks  married  Elizabeth  Fones,  granddaughter  of  Adam  Winthrop  of  Groton,  and 
widow  of  her  cousin  Henry,  son  of  John  Winthrop,  first  governor  of  Massachusetts. 
Hannah  Bowne  was  born  in  1665,  according  to  the  Friends'  register,  and  her  mar- 
riage entry  in  it  occurs  the  year  after  the  supposed  date  of  her  letter.  It  reads: 
"Benj.  Field,  son  of  Anthony  Field  of  Long  Island,  deceased,  and  Hannah  Bowne, 
daughter  of  John  Bowne  of  Long  Island,  aforesaid  married  30th,  gth,  1691,  at  John 
Bowne's  in  Flushing." 

At  the  old  Bowne  house  is  a  deed  of  land  by  Benjamin  Field  to  Samuel  Bowne, 
dated  9th,  12th  month,  1696-97.  In  a  list  of  the  inhabitants  of  Flushing  in  1698  is  the 
following:  "Benj.  Feild  and  Hannah  his  wife,  children  Benj.,  John,  Anthony,  and 
Sam'l,  negroes  Jo  and  Betty." 

At  the  same  mansion  two  or  three  letters  are  preserved,  dated  at  Chesterfield 
in  1700  and  1701,  signed  B.  Field,  and  addressed  to  Samuel  Bowne.  They  relate  to 
purchases  of  land  in  that  neighborhood,  in  which  they  were  both  interested.  One 
of  them  speaks  of  "another  purchase  of  land  to  the  quantity  of  1,000  to  1,500  acres," 
which  "lyes  above  the  falls  of  Delaware,  about  10  or  11  miles  from  Salem." 

This  Samuel  Bowne  was  son  of  John  and  Hannah,  and  born  in  1667.  It  has  been 
stated  that  there  were  three  Benjamin  Fields  living  at  the  date  of  these  letters;  but 
they  were  doubtless  written  by  the  son  of  Anthony,  who  was  the  brother-in-law  of 
the  person  to  whom  they  were  addressed.  One  of  them  commences,  "Dear  and 
loving  friend  and  kinsman  Samuel  Bowne." 

The  following  is  in  the  register  of  the  Flushing  Friends:  "Children  of  Benja- 
min and  Hannah  Field:  Benjamin,  born  5th  day,  i2th  month,  1692;  John,  born  13th 
day,  nth  month,  1694;  Samuel,  born  loth  day,  8th  month,  1696;  Anthony,  born 
28th  day,  5th  month,  1698;  Hannah,  born  20th  day,  5th  month,  1700;  Joseph,  born 
I2th  day,  4th  month,  1702;  Sarah,  born  17th  day,  6th  month,  1704;  Robert,  born  7th 
day,  7th  month,  1707." 

Hannah  Field  died  shortly  after  the  birth  of  the  last  child,  as  shown  by  this 
entry:  "Hannah  Field,  wife  of  Benjamin  Field,  of  Flushing,  died  30th  day,  loth 
mo.,  1707."  Her  husband  married  again  a  lady  who  must  have  been  a  near  relative 
of  his  first  wife  and  her  mother.  This  marriage  is  thus  entered  in  the  register: 
"Benjamin  Field  and  Elizabeth  Feaks,  daughter  of  John  Feaks,  of  Matinecock, 
married  the  3rd  day  of  12th  mo.,  1709-10,  at  Jericho."  Her  death  is  recorded  as  fol- 
lows:    "Elizabeth  Field,  wife  of  Benjamin  Field  of  Flushing,  died  1724-"  As  far  as 














the  writer  can  learn,  she  left  no  children,  nor  does  he  know  the  date  of  her  hus- 
band's death. 

Robert  Feake  was  at  Watertown,  Mass.,  as  early  as  1630  and  represenied  that 
town  in  the  Massachusetts  Court  of  Deputies  many  years.  He  came  to  Flushing  in 
1650,  and  died  in  1668  at  an  advanced  age.  He  m.  Elizabeth,  daughter  of  Thomas 
Fones,  of  London,  and  Anne,  his  wife,  who  was  daughter  of  Adam  Winthrop,  of 
Groton,  Suffolk,  and  sister  of  John  Winthrop,  governor  of  the  Massachusetts 

Elizabeth  Fones  was  first  married  to  her  cousin  Henry  Winthrop,  son  of  the 
governor,  who  was  drowned  at  Salem  about  a  year  after.  A  little  later  she  became 
the  wife  of  Robert  Feake,  by  whom  she  had  a  daughter,  Hannah,  who  married  John 
Bowne,  of  Flushing,  and  another,  Elizabeth,  the  second  wife  of  Captain  John  Un- 
derbill. Robert  Feake  survived  his  wife  Elizabeth,  and  married  again ;  for  admin- 
istration on  his  estate  was  granted  to  his  widow,  Sarah,  the  igth  June,  1669.  Mount 
Feake,  at  Waltham,  was  named  after  this  Robert. 
He  res.  in  Flushing,  L.  I. 

270.     i.         BENJAMIN,  b.  Feb.  5,  1692-93,  in  Friends*  Records,  of  Flushing; 
m.  Feb.  13,  1727,  at  Flushing,  Sarah  Tayler. 
JOHN,  b.  Jan.  13,  1694;  m.  Elizabeth  Woolsey. 
SAMUEL,  b.  Oct.  10,  1696;  m.  Mary  Palmer. 
ANTHONY,  b.  July  28,  1698;  m.  Hannah  Burling. 
JOSEPH,  b.  June  12,  1702;  m.  Molly  Denton. 

ROBERT,  b.  Sept.  7,  1707;  m.  Rebecca  Burling  and  Abigail  Sutton. 
HANNAH,  b.  July  20,  1700;  m.  March  9,  1721,  Thomas  Haviland; 
shed.  Nov.  21,  1721;  res..  Flushing. 

"This  is  to  certify  ye  truth  to  all  people  that  Thos.  Haviland, 
son  of  Benjamin  Haviland,  of  Rye,  in  the  county  of  Westchester, 
and  Hannah  Field,  daughter  of  Benjamin  Field"  (Flushing), 
"Queens  County,  on  Long  Island,  both  in  the  province  of  New 
York.  Haveing  intentions  of  marrage  eatch  with  other  did  pro- 
pose the  same,  at  the  men  and  women's  meeting  ot  the  people. 
Comonly  cald  Quakers,  in  Flushing  afores'd.  The  said  meeting 
appoynted  persons  to  enquire  whether  they  were  clear  from  all 
others  on  account  ot  Marrage,  and  bring  report  accordingly  to  the 
next  monthly  meeting  wher  the  persons  above  mentioned  were 
desired  to  come  for  their  answer.  And  at  their  second  coming 
before  said  meetings,  enquiry  being  made,  and  nothing  appearing 
to  ninder  their  proceeding,  they  having  consent  of  parents,  the 
meeting  left  them  to  their  liberty  to  accomplish  their  marrage,  ac- 
cording to  the  good  order  used  amongst  the  friends  ot  truth. 

"And  accordingly  on  this  ninth  day  of  the  ist  m.  1721,  At  a 
meeting  at  the  meeting-house  in  Flushing  aforesaid  the  said 
Thomas  Haviland  and  Hannah  Field  tooke  eatch  other  by  ye 
hand  standing  up  in  ye  said  Asembly  did  solemnly  declare  ye  they 
took  eatch  other  for  husDand  and  wife  promising  by  the  lord's  as- 
sistance to  be  true  and  loving  husband  and  wife  to  eatch  other  till 
death  shall  separate  them. 

"And  for  farther  confirmation,  they  have  hereunto  sett  both 
their  hands  ye  day  and  year  above  written. 

"She  assuming  ye  name  of  hei  husband  according  to  the  custom 
of  marrage.  "Thomas  Haviland. 

"Hannah  Haviland. 


"And  we  whose  names  are  underwritten  are  witnesses: 

"J.  Rodman,  John  Ryder,  Wm.  Burling,  Hugh  Cowperthwaite, 

Obediah  Laurence,  Eliakira  Hedges,  Cornelius  Van  Wyck.  James 

Clement,  Jr.,  Wm.   Philips,  Wm.   Haigat,  Henry  Rodman,  John 

Field,    Elizabeth   Field,  Anthony   Field,   Joseph  Thorn,   Thomas 

Thorn,  Samuel  Thorn,  Mary  Rodman,  Jane  Clement,  Benjamin 

Field,   Samuel    Bowne,  Sarah     F'eild,   Martha  Thome,   Susanna 

Hedger,  Hannah  Field,  Grace  Cowperthwaite,  Phebe  Van  Wick. 

"Thomas  and  Hannah  Havilaud's  Marriage  Certificate,  1721." 

277.     viii.     SARAH,  b.  Aug.  17,  1704;  m.  James  Clements;  she  d.  1724. 

186.  JOHN  FIELD  (Anthony,  Robert.  William,  Christopher,  John,  Christo- 
pher, John),  b.  Flushing,  L.  I.,  May  15,  1659;  ™-  Margaret ;  shed,  before  1729. 

John  Field  was  at  Flushing  at  an  early  period.  There  is  a  person  of  this  name 
among  those  who  took  the  oath  of  allegiance  in  a  list  without  date,  and  with  no 
place  named.  As  the  province  ot  New  York  was  definitely  ceded  by  the  Dutch  to 
the  English  in  1674,  I  ^o  i^ot  think  that  it  could  have  been  later.  There  is  also 
among  the  Albany  records  an  entry  referring  to  a  tract  of  land  granted  by  Gov- 
ernor Andros  to  John  Field.  No  date  is  mentioned,  but  it  must  have  been  between 
1674  and  1681,  which  years  embrace  Andros'  tenure  of  this  office.  The  record  com- 
mences: "Whereas  there  is  a  certain  parcel  of  land,  which  by  my  order  hath  been 
laid  out  for  John  Field,  called  by  the  name  of  Field's  Hope,  situated  in  a  creek 
called  Maspillan  Creek,  and  on  the  east  side  of  said  creek,  and  on  the  west  side  of 
Delaware  Bay,  etc.,  etc.,  etc."  In  the  valuation  of  estates  at  Flushing  in  1683,  John 
Field  had  "5  acres,  2  cowes,  and  4  swine."  He  is  named  in  the  patent  confirma- 
tion of  this  town  in  16S5.  The  records  of  the  Society  of  Friends  at  Flushing  are 
pretty  complete  from  about  this  date,  and  there  are  the  names  of  a  number  of  wit- 
nesses to  every  later  marriage  ot  a  member  of  the  family,  but  his  does  not  appear 
among  them.  The  author  infers  from  this  that  he  either  died,  or  lett  the  neighbor- 
hood, in  or  shortly  after  1685.  In  the  latter  case  he  may  have  been  the  grantee  of 
"Field's  Hope,"  and  removed  there. 

The  American  Bible  Society  possesses  an  old  Bible  presented  to  it  by  the  Hon. 
Peter  D.  Vroom,  of  Trenton,  N.  J.,  which  has  the  following: 

"Jeremiah  Feild,  the  son  of  John  Field  and  Margaret  his  wife,  was  born  May 
17th,  1689." 

On  Dec.  14,  1695,  John  Field,  of  Flushing,  purchased  ten  hundred  and  fifty-five 
acres  of  land  fronting  the  Raritan  river  below  Bound  Brook,  N.  J,  He  purchased 
his  Raritan  lands  from  Benjamin  Clarke.  The  deed  is  recorded  in  Book  G.  of 
Deeds,  folios  188-189-190-191,  Trenton,  N.  J.  This  land  is  still  in  possession  of 
some  of  his  descendants.  He  was  commissioned  a  justice  of  the  peace,  Feb.  14, 
1 710,  for  the  counties  of  Middlesex  and  Somerset,  N.  J. 

In  The  Name  of  God  Amen. 

I  John  Field  of  the  Township  of  Piscataway  in  the  County  of  Middlesex  and 
Province  of  East  New  Jersey  Gent,  Being  Sick  and  weak  in  Body  but  of  Perfect 
mind  and  memory,  thanks  be  therefore  given  to  Almighty  God,  do  make  and  ordain 
this  my  Last  will  and  testament  in  manner  and  form  following  .  .  . 

Imprs.  I  give  and  bequeath  my  soul  into  the  hands  of  Almighty  God  my  Cre- 
ator, Trusting  to  be  saved  only  by  and  through  the  alone  merits  of  our  Lord  and 
Saviour  Jesus  Christ;  and  my  body  I  commit  to  the  earth  whence  it  was  taken  to 
be  Decently  Interred  at  the  Discretion  of  my  executor  hereafter  named ;  and  as  for 
those  worldly  goods  which  God  in  his  mercy  has  been  pleased  to  bestow  upon  me  I 


give,  devise,  bestow  and  bequeath  the  same  in  manner  and  form  following, 
viz. — 

Item.  I  give  devise  and  bequeath  unto  my  youngest  Daughter  Charity  Field  the 
sum  of  one  hundred  pounds  current  money  of  this  Province  to  be  paid  unto  her  my 
said  daughter  by  my  Executor  within  five  years  next  after  my  decease. 

Item.  I  give  and  bequeath  unto  my  daughter  Hannah  Breece  the  sum  of  sixty 
pounds  current  money  of  this  Province  to  be  paid  unto  my  said  daughter  Hannah 
within  four  years  next  after  my  decease  by  my  Executor. 

Item.  All  the  rest,  residue  and  remainder  of  my  Estate  both  real  and  personal 
I  devise  and  bequeath  unto  my  son  Jeremiah  Field  whom  I  do  hereby  nominate, 
constitute  and  appoint  full  and  ;sole  executor  of  this  my  last  will  and  Testament ; 
utterly  Revoking,  Disannulling,  Annihilating  and  Disalowiug  all  former  and  other 
Wills,  Testaments,  Executors,  Legacies  and  Bequests  whatsoever  by  me  heretofore 
made  ordained  or  given  by  writing  or  any  other  way;  howsoever.  Ratifying' 
confirming  and  allowing  this  and  no  other  to  be  my  Last  Will  and  Testament. 

In  Witness  Whereof  1  have  hereunto  set  my  hand  and  seal  this  eleventh  day 
of  March  in  the  Eleventh  Vear  of  the  reign  of  our  Sovereign  Lord  George,  by  the 
grace  ot  God,  of  Great  Brittain,  France  and  Ireland,  King,  defender  of  the  faith, 
&c.  Anno.  Dom.  one  thousand  seven  hundred  and  twenty-four  or  five. 

John  Field.  [L.  S.] 

Then  follows  names  of  witnesses,  etc.,  with  usual  acknowledgments  as  to  sig- 

On  July  22,  1729,  this  will  was  admitted  to  probate  by  M.  Kearney,  surrogate. 

This  will  is  recorded  in  Liber  B,  folio  126,  of&ce  of  Secretary  ot  State,  Trenton, 
N.  J.     He  d.  in  1729;  res.,  Bound  Brook,  N.  J. 

278.  i.         JEREMIAH,  b.  May  17,  1689;  m.  Mary  Van  Vieghten. 

279.  ii.        HANJNAH,  b. ;  m.  Hendrick  Brees. 

280.  iii.       CHARITY,  b. ;  mentioned  in  his  will. 

187.  THOMAS  FIELD  (Benjamin,  Robert,  William,  Christopher,  John,  Chris- 
topher, John),  b,  about  1674;  m.    Hannah ,  b.    1680;  d.  Feb.  2,  1761.     Thomas 

Field,  who  was  named  among  the  inhabitants  of  Flushing  in  1698,  and  was  then 
single,  had  i:isue  according  to  the  Friends'  register.  The  marriages  ot  some  of 
these  children  are  entered  in  the  Flushing  registers,  viz:  On  the  loth  of  the  12th 
month,  1725-6,  Nathan  Field,  "son  of  Thomas  and  Hannah  Field  of  Flushing,"  and 
Elizabeth  Jackson,  daughter  of  James  and  Rebecca  Jackson,  were  married. 
"John  Clarke  and  Sarah  Field,  daujihter  of  Thomas  of  Fkshing  were  married  3d 
day  of  2d  mo.  1735."  "Joseph  Field,  son  of  Thomas  and  Hannah  and  Mary  Rod- 
man, daughter  of  Thomas  and  Elizabeth,  married  the  i6th  of  6th  mo.  1750."  The 
last  couple  had  a  son,  Rodman  Field,  born  on  the  2d  day  of  8th  mo.  1751.  The 
mother,  Mary  Field,  died  23d  of  same  month,  "aged  about  22."  The  death  of  the 
father  of  these  children  is  entered  in  the  registers  as  follows:  'Thomas  Field  de- 
ceased the  3rd  day  of  ist  mo.  1761,  aged  about  87."  This  would  make  the  date  of 
his  birth  about  1674.  His  wife's  death  is  recorded  immediately  after,  this:  "Han- 
nah Field,  his  widow,  died  the  2d  day  of  2d  mo.  1761,  aged  about  81.  They 
had  been  married  and  lived  together  near  sixty  years." 

The  author  has  already  stated  that  he  is  unable  to  say  who  was  the  father  of 
this  Thomas.  The  most  plausible  suggestion  he  can  offer  is,  that  he  was  son  of 
Benjamin  Field,  the  son  of  the  emigrant  who  was  appointed  ensign  tor  Flushing 
in  1665,  and  by  a  first  wife.  It  is  pretty  evident  from  the  will  ot  his  widow  Sarah, 
that  she  left  no  child ;  but  she  may  have  been  the  second  wife,  and  perhaps  her 
husband  had  issue  by  a  previous  one. 






























He  d.  Jan.  3,  1761;  res.,  Flushing,  L.  I. 

WILLIAM,  b.  Oct.  22,  1 701;  d.  March  4.  1759. 

NATHAN,  b.  Sept.  30,  1703;  m.  Elizabeth  Jackson. 

CALEB,  b.  Nov.  5,  1705;  m.  Anne  Rodman. 

JACOB,  b.  May  23,  1708. 

MARY,  b.  Oct.  30,  1710. 

SARAH,  b.  July  6,  1712;  m.  Feb.  3,  1735,  John  Clarke  of  Flushing. 

HANNAH,  b.  May  27,  1715. 

THOMAS   b.  Sept.  28,  1719;  d.  Oct.  9,  1748. 

JOSEPH,  b.  Feb.  29,  1722;  m.  Mary  Rodman. 

195.  THOMAS  FIELD  (Henry,  John.  John,  John,  Richard,  William,  William, 
Thomas,  Thomas,  John,  Thomas,  Roger),  b.  Cockemhoe,  Hertfordshire,  England, 
about  1650;  m.  Sibella  Hobbs.     He  d.  about  1695;  res.,  Cockemhoe,  England. 

THOMAS,  b.  about  1691 ;  m.  M.  Rudd. 

JOHN,  b.  Nov.  15,  1683;  m.  E.  Waters. 

NATHANIEL,  b.  Nov.  9,  1685;  m.  E.  Southgate. 

ISAAC,  b.  July  29,  1687;  m.  M.  Gartick. 

WILLIAM,  b.  April  22,  1691 ;  m.  E.  Stackhouse. 

.  ^  ^  .-.197.  SERGT.  EBENEZER  FIELD  (Zechariah.  Zechariah,  John,  John,  Rich- 
ard, William,  William),  b.  Northampton,  Mass.,  Oct.  31,  1671;  m.  Jan.  14,  1697, 
Mary  Dudley,  b.  May  16,  1678.  Shem.,  2d,  Timothy  Alcott,  of  Bolton,  Conn.;  d. 
April  20,  1740.  Ebenezer  Field,  son  of  Zechariah  and  Sarah  (Webb),  b.  in  Northamp- 
ton, Mass.,  Oct.  31,  1671.  He  came  to  Deerfield  with  his  father;  in  1696  he  removed 
to  East  Guilford,  Conn.,  now  Madison,  where  he  d.  May  17,1713.  He  was  a  sergeant, 
and  had  charge  and  command  of  a  few  men  on  the  Sound  for  the  protection  of  the 
settlements.  He  m.  Jan.  14,  1697,  by  Andrew  Leet,  a  member  of  the  Governor's 
Council,  Mary  Deadly,  or  Dudley,  as  the  name  is  now  spelled,  b.  May  16,  1678. 
She  m.,  2d,  1722,  Timothy  Alcott,  of  Bolton,  Conn.,  where  she  d.  April  20,  1740. 
Ebenezer,  whose  good  old  Scriptural  name  signifies,  "Thus  far  hath  the  Lord 
helped  us,"  resided  in  Madison,  Conn.  Here  he  and  those  that  came  after  him 
abode  for  more  than  one  hundred  years.     In  the  old  burying  ground  where 

The  rude  forefathers  of  the  hamlet  sleep, 

may  be  seen  side  by  side  three  low  head-stones  which  mark  the  heads  ot  three 
generations.     He  d.  May  17,  1713;  res.  East  Guilford,  Conn. 

SAMUEL,  b.  Jan.  12,  1704;  m.  Bethiah  Johnson. 

DAVID,  b.   Dec.   2,  1697;  m.  Anna  Bishop,   Catherine  Bishop  and 

Mrs.  Abigail  Tyler  Strong. 
MARY,  b.  Nov.  16,  1699. 

EBENEZER,  b.  1706;  m.  Hannah  Evarts.  Margaret  Evarts,  Debo- 
rah Hall  and  Hannah  Mills. 
ZECHARIAH,  b.  1708;  m.  Prudence  Graves  and  Anna  Seward. 
JOAREB,  b.  March  2,  1711;  m.  Abigail  Bradley. 
ANN,  b.  March  22,  1713;   m.  Aug.  31,  1752,  Elisha  White  of  Hat- 
field and  Bolton,  Conn. 

301  >^.  viii.     GREGORY,  b. ;    found  drowned  in  Shoatacket  river.  Conn., 

April  29,  1710. 

199.  JOHN  FIELD  (Zechariah.  Zechariah,  John,  John,  Richard,  William, 
William),  b.  Dec.  8,  1673;  m.  Nov.  9,  1696,  Mary  Bennett,  daughter  ot  James  of 
Northampton.  John  Field,  son  of  Zechariah  and  Sarah  (Webb),  b.  in  Deerfield, 
Mass.      His  was  one  of  the  unfortunate  families  that  was  broken  up  at  the  destruc- 

















tion  and  massacre  of  the  inhabitants  of  Deerfield  by  the  French  and  Indians  un- 
der Hertel  De  Rouville,  Feb.  29,  1704.  where  many  of  the  inhabitants  were  slain 
and  others  carried  into  captivity  to  Canada.  He  was  one  of  that  heroic  band  who 
attacked  the  retreating  enemy  without  success  in  the  meadow.  He  m.  Mary, 
daughter  of  James  and  Mary  (Broughton)  Bennett,  of  Northampton  and  North- 
field.  She  was  one  of  the  captives  taken  to  Canada,  but  was  ransomed  and  returned 
the  next  year  with  her  son  John.  He  removed  about  1710  to  East  Guilford,  Conn., 
from  there  to  Coventry  or  Stafford,  Conn.,  where  he'  d.  in  1718. 

John  Field  of  Northampton  and  wife  Mary  and  Elizabeth  Hurd  of  Boston,  sur- 
viving  heirs  of  Francis  Bennet,  convey  lands  in  Boston,  Sept.  15,  1697,  to  John 

In  the  wills  and  distribution  of  estates  in  the  Hartford  probate  office  is  the  will 
of  John  Field,  of  Coventry,  Conn. ;  wife  Mary,  son  John,  other  children  mentioned^ 
but  no  names  given;  deceased  before  March  6,  171 7- 18;  was  proven  at  that  date. 
Witness,  Joseph  Meacham,  Samuel  Barker. 

He  d.  Coventry,  Conn.,  Feb.,  1718;  res.  Deerfield,  Mass.,  East  Guilford,  and 
Stafford.  Conn. 

302.  i.         MARY,  b.  1697.      She  was  captured  with  her  mother  and   taken 

captive  to  Canada  and  adopted  into  an  Indian  family,  who  gave 
her  the  name  of  "Walahowey."  She  m.  an  Indian  chief  and  came 
with  him  to  visit  her  relations  in  Connecticut,  and  sent  to  North- 
field  for  her  brother  Pedajah.  Her  friends  made  every  effort  to 
have  them  both  remain,  and  Pedajah  urged  them  to  come  to 
Northfield  and  live  with  him.  Her  husband  was  willing,  but  Mary 
was  not,  as  she  had  become  so  firmly  attached  to  her  Indian  mode 
of  life  that  she  could  not  be  persuaded  to  stay  among  her  friends. 
She  told  her  brother  Pedajah  that  he  should  be  captured  and 
taken  to  Canada,  and  he  firmly  believed  the  attempt  was  made 
one  day  while  he  was  mowing  in  a  little  meadow ;  which  was  only 
frustrated  by  his  taking  the  alarm  and  crossing  the  river  to 
Pachang,  where  other  men  were  at  work.  He  used  every  precau- 
tion to  prevent  a  surprise,  but  was  not  molested  afterwards.  It 
seems  strange  that  persons  can  be  so  infatuated  with  such  a  mode 
of  life.  It  is  not  know  whether  she  had  any  children.  Nothing 
more  is  known  of  Mary  or  her  husband. 

303.  ii.        JOHN,  b.  Oct.  4,  1700,  was  captured  by  the  Indians;  returned  and 

m.  Anna . 

SARAH,  b.  April  14,  1703;  killed  by  Indians  Feb.  29,  1704. 

PEDAJAH,  b.  Jan.  28,  1707;  m.  Hannah and  Abigail  Pettee. 

BENNETT,  b.  Dec.  13,  1709;  m.  Elizabeth  Spaflford. 
SARAH,  b.  July  20,  1712. 

200.  JOHN  FIELD  (John,  Zechariah,  John.  John,  Richard,  William,  Wil- 
I'am),  b.  Hatfield,  Mass.,  May  11,  1672;  rn.  i6g8,  Sarah  Coleman,  b.  Feb.  15,  1673, 
daughter  of  John  and  Hannah  (Porter);  d.  Jan.  8,  1759.  John  Field,  son  of  John 
and  Mary  (Edwards),  born  in  Northampton,  Mass.  He  settled  in  Hatfield,  where 
he  died.  He  was  one  of  the  two  constables  appointed  by  the  governor  and  council 
in  1708.  A  soldier  in  the  Indian  wars.  He  married  Sarah,  daughter  of  John  and 
Hannah  (Porter)  Coleman,  of  Hatfield.  Mrs.  Field  was  one  of  the  captives  of 
Ashpelon's  raid,  Sept.  19,  1677.  She  was  redeemed  by  Wait  and  Jennings  in  1678. 
A  shoe,  worn  by  her  on  the  homeward  march  from  Canada,  in  1678,  is  among  the 
treasures  in  the  Deerfield  Memorial  Hall.  He  d.  May  28,  1747.  Res.  Hatfield,  Mass. 










308.  i.         JOHN,  b.  Sept.  14,  1700;  m.  Editha  Dickinson  and  Ann  Bagg. 

309.  ii.        SARAH,  b.  May  14.  1702;  m.  Dec.  i,  1725,  Joshua  Belding;  m.,  2d, 

1741,  Thomas  Noble,  of  Westfield.     She  d.  Aug.  17,  1763. 

310.  iii.       HANNAH,  b.  July  8,  1704;  m.,  Dec.  24,  1729,  Samuel  Dickinson,  ot 

Deerfield.  He  was  son  of  Nathaniel,  b.  1687 ;  captured  by  the  Ind- 
ians at  Hatfield,  in  1698.  and  recovered  in  the  Pomeroy  pursuit; 
taken  again  at  Northfield,  Oct.  11,  1723,  and  returned  and  settled  in 
Deerfield  in  1730,  on  lot  No.  23;  in  1739  ^^^  general  court  granted 
him  200  acres  of  land  at  Roadtown,  "in  consideration  of  his  suf- 
ferings while  m  captivity."  He  died  June  23,  1761.  Their  daugh- 
ter, Elizabeth,  was  drowned  m  the  Deerfield  river  with  her 
mother  while  they  were  fording  the  stream  on  horseback,  at  Old 
Fort.  There  is  a  horizontal  sandstone  slab  over  her  grave  in  the 
old  burying  yard.  The  marble  tablet  bearing  the  inscription  is 
broken  to  fragments.  Ch. :  i.  Hannah,  b.  Sept.  21,  1730;  m., 
Jan.  30,  1765,  Col.  William  Williams,  of  Hatfield,  Deerfield  and 
Pittsfield.  He  was  born  in  1713;  was  graduated  at  Harvard  Col- 
lege in  1729;  went  into  business  in  Boston,  but  soon  failed;  was 
ensign  under  General  Oglethorpe,  1745,  in  the  attempt  on  St. 
Augustine,  and  with  Admiral  Vernon,  in  1741;  went  to  Deerfield 
about  1743;  was  lieutenant-colonel  in  the  Northern  Hampshire 
army.  In  1745  raised  a  company  about  Deerfield  and  sailed  for 
Cape  Breton  with  a  lieutenant-colonel's  commission;  arrived 
there  after  the  reduction  of  Louisburg,  but  was  of  the  garrison 
which  held  it  until  spring ;  was  in  charge  of  the  detachment  which 
rebuilt  Fort  Massachusetts,  in  1747;  refused  Governor  Shiley's 
request  to  remain  as  commander,  but  was  made  commissary  of 
,  supplies  of  the  line  of  forts;  resigned  Nov.  15,  1748,  on  account  of 
difficulty  in  obtaining  provisions,  but  remained  at  Deerfield; 
kept  a  store  on  lot  No.  29;  was  selectman  in  1751.  He  moved 
to  Pittsfield  about  1754,  where  he  built  a  house  which 
became  Fort  Anson;  was  the  savior  of  the  noted  Pittsfield  Elm. 
From  1755  to  1758  he  served  as  captain  in  the  regiment  of  his 
uncle,  Sir  William  Pepperell,  and  in  1758  as  colonel  under  Gen- 
eral Abercrombie.  At  the  end  of  the  campaign  of  that  year  he 
retired  on  half-pay;  was  justice  of  the  peace  in  1748;  judge  of  the 
court  of  common  pleas,  1761,  and  later  judge  of  probate,  and 
almost  continually  in  town  office  in  Pittsfield  until  the  Revolu- 
tion; was  a  Tory,  and  died  April  5,  1784.     Hannah  was  his  third 

wife,    and    she    m.    2d, Shearer,    and  was    a    widow  again 

before  1789.  2.  Hepzibah,  b.  Oct.  8,  1732;  drowned  1740.  3. 
Nathaniel,  b.  Oct.  7,  1734;  m.  Mrs.  Hannah  Woolsey.  4.  Samuel,  b. 
Oct.  13,  1736.  He  was  a  soldier  in  the  last  French  war;  died 
unmarried,  Nov.  30,  1780.  Hannah,  the  mother,  was  drowned  in 
Deerfield  river  Sept.  3,  1740. 

311.  iv        AMOS,  b.  June  24,  1708;  m.  Mehitable  Day. 

312.  V.         ELIAKIM,  b.  Nov.  27,  1711;  m.  Esther  Graves. 

313.  vi.       MARY,  b.  June  18,  1715;  m..  May  18,  1738,  Moses  Warner. 

202.  ZECHARIAH  FIELD  (John,  Zechariah,  John,  John,  Richard,  William, 
William),  b.  Hatfield,  Mass.,  August,  1676;  m.,  May  25,  1705,  Sarah  Clark,  b.  April 
20,  1677,  daughter  of  Deacon  John  and  Rebecca  (^Cooper),  of  Northampton.  Zecha- 
riah Field,  son  of  John  and   Mary  (Edwards),  was  born  in  Hatfield,  Mass.      He 


removed,  in  1734,  to  the  district  of  Amherst,  where  he  died,  in  1738.  The  first  town 
meeting  to  organize  in  the  town  of  Amherst  was  held  at  his  house,  Dec.  31,  1734, 
but  was  not  organized  until  1739.  His  name  is  the  first  that  appears  on  the  town 

Amherst  was  originally  a  pa^-t  of  Hadley.  At  a  legal  town  meeting,  in  Hadley, 
March  4,  1700,  it  was  "voted  by  the  town  that  three  miles  and  one  quarter  eastward 
from  the  meeting  house,  and  so  from  the  north  side  of  Mount  Holyoke  unto  the 
Mill  river,  shall  lye  as  common  land  forever,  supposing  that  the  line  will  take  in 
the  new  swamp.  Voted  that  the  rest  of  the  commons  eastvrard  shall  be  laid  out  in 
three  divisions,  that  is  to  say,  between  the  road  leading  to  Brookfield  and  the  Mill 
river,  notwithstanding  there  is  liberty  for  the  cutting  of  wood  and  timber  so  long  as 
it  lieth  unfenced;  there  is  likewise  to  be  left  between  every  division  forty  rods  for 
highways,  and  what  will  be  necessary  to  be  left  for  highways,  eastward  and  west 
through  every  division  is  to  be  left  to  the  discretion  of  the  measurers,  and  every  one 
to  have  a  proportion  in  the  first  and  second  division,  and  every  one  to  have  a  pro- 
portion in  the  third  division,  and  every  householder  to  have  a  50-lbb.  allotment,  and 
all  others  who  are  now  the  proper  inhabitants  of  Hadley,  sixteen  years  old  and 
upwards,  to  hav  a  25-lbb.  allotment  in  said  commons."  In  accordance  with  this 
order  the  most  of  this  land  was  laid  out  in  April,  1703,  by  Capt.  Aaron  Cook,  Capt. 
Nehemiah  Dickinson  and  Mr.  Samuel  Porter,  town  measurers.  The  precise  date  of 
the  settlement  of  these  lands  is  not  known.  A  Mr.  Foote,  probably  from  Hatfield, 
is  said  to  have  built  a  shanty  in  the  east  part  of  the  town  prior  to  1703.  The  loca- 
tion was  a  little  north  of  the  east  Parish  meeting  house.  He  chose  the  spot,  think- 
ing that  he  could  subsist  there  by  hunting  and  fishing,  but  failing  to  do  so,  he  left, 
and,  m  commemoration  of  his  tolly,  the  east  part  of  the  town  was  for  many  years 
called  "Foote-foUy  Swamp."  On  the  5th  of  January,  1730,  the  town  of  Hadley 
appointed  men  to  lay  out  a  burial  place  for  the  "East  inhabitants."  Zechariah  d. 
January,  1738.     Res.  Amherst,  Mass. 

314.  i.         EBENEZER,  b.  Aug.  8,  1709;  invalid.     Res.  Conway. 

315.  ii.        REBECCA,   b.   about  1711;  m.,  Jan.   13,  1737,  Joseph  Hawley,  of 

Amherst.  He  d.  about  1756.  She  d.  and  he  m.  2d,  1753,  Thank- 
ful Alexander.  Res.  Amherst.  Ch. :  1.  Araneth,  bap.  Decem- 
ber, 1739;  m.,  175S,  Jonathan  Scott,  of  Sunderland.  2.  Joseph, 
b.  July  I,  1744;  d.  young.  3.  Joseph,  bap.  Oct.  10,  1748. 
4.  Abigail,  d.  1758.     5-  Rebecca,  b. . 

316.  iii.       SARAH,  b.  March  18,  1714;  m.,  January,  1736,  Samuel  Hawley,  of 

Amherst.  She  d.  1796.  He  d.  in  the  army,  Dec.  15,  1750.  Ch. : 
I.  Anne.      2.  Elijah;  d.  in  the  army,  Nov.  30,  1756.     3.  Sarah,  m. 

Benjamin  Backman  and Hodden.      4.  Zachariah,  bap.  April 

10,  1743;  d.  young.  5.  John,  bap.  Dec.  28,  1746.  6.  Miriam, 
bap.  Jan.  i,  1749.  7.  Mehitable,  m.  David  Hawley,  of  Amherst. 
8.  Zechariah,  bap.  May  13,  1753;  m.  Rebecca  Edwards;  was  a  dea- 
con in  Amherst,  and  died  there  June  i,  1824. 

317.  iv.       MARY,  b.  Jan.  21,  1716. 

31S.     v.         JOHN,  b.  Jan.  12,  1718;  m.  Hannah  Boltwood. 

210.  DEACON  SAMUEL  FIELD  (Samuel,  Zechariah,  John.  John,  Richard, 
William,  William),  b.  Hatfield,  Mass.,  Sept.  27,  1678;  m..  Jan.  10,  1706,  Mrs.  Han- 
nah (Edv>7ards)  Hoyt,  b.  Sept.  10,  1675;  d.  July  23,  1747.  She  was  daughter  of 
Joseph  Edwards ;  her  husband,  David  Hoyt,  was  killed  by  the  Indians  in  the  Mea- 
dow fight. 

Samuel  Field,  son  of  Samuel  and  Sarah  (Gilbert),  was  born  in  Hatfield,  Mass., 


Sept.  27.  1678.  He  removed  to  Deerfield  in  1706,  where  he  died  Aug.  25,  1762,  aged 
eighty-three.  He  was  one  of  the  twenty-two  men  who  came  from  Hatfield,  that 
were  engaged  in  the  Meadow  fight  in  the  unsuccessful  attempt  to  rescue  the  pris- 
oners taken  at  the  destruction  of  Deerfield  by  the  French  and  Indians,  Feb.  29, 
1704.  He  was  wounded  in  a  fight  with  Indians,  Aug.  25,  1725,  near  where  the  pres- 
ent depot  in  Greenfield  now  stands.  A  deacon  and  prominent  man  in  town.  He 
was  granted  by  the  general  court,  in  1736,  200  acres  of  land  on  the  east  line  of 
Northfield,  probably  for  military  services.  He  married  Mary,  daughter  of  Joseph 
Edwards,  of  Northampton,  and  widow  of  David  Hoyt,  Jr.,  who  was  one  of  the  nine 
men  killed  in  the  Meadow  fight  in  trying  to  rescue  the  prisoners. 

On  August  25,  Deacon  Samuel  Field,  Deacon  Samuel  Childs,  Sergt.  Joseph 
Severance,  Joshua  and  John  Wells  and  Thomas  Bardwell  left  town  to  look 
after  some  cattle  at  Green  liver  farms,  with  but  a  single  musket  in  the  party. 
Crossing  North  Meadows,  and  the  river,  north  of  Pine  Hill,  up  through  Cheapside 
until  the  present  town  line  was  crossed,  when  a  cow  they  were  driving  ran  out  of 
the  path.  She  was  followed  by  Deacon  Childs,  who  soon  discovered  Indians  in 
ambush,  and  gave  the  alarm,  when  they  arose.  The  following  is  from  an  manu- 
script account  of  the  affair  by  Rev.  Stephen  Williams,  about  1730: 

Aug.  25,  1725,  Deacon  Samu  Field,  Deacon  Samu  Child,  Sergt.  Joseph  Sev- 
erance, John  Wells,  Joshua  Wells  and  Thomas  Bardwell,  went  over  Deerfd  river 
to  go  to  Green  river  farms,  and  they  took  a  cow  with  them,  designing  to  put  her  in 
a  pasture;  the  Indians  ambushed  them,  but  Deacon  Child,  driving  the  cow,  discov- 
ered them, and  cried  out,  "Indians!"  John  Wells  discharged  his  gun  at  an  Indian, 
who  fell  upon  his  fireing.  Dea  Field,  being  at  some  distance  trom  the  company, 
rode  towards  them,  but  the  company  being  before  separated  from  one  another,  re- 
treated towards  the  mill,  and  at  a  considerable  distance  from  the  hill  they  haltd,  jt 
John  Wells  might  load  his  gun,  and  then  the  Indians  fird  upon  them,  and  wound 
Dea  Samu  Field,  the  ball  passing  through  the  right  Hypocondria,  cutting  off 
three  plails  of  the  mysenteice;  a  gut  hung  out  of  the  wound  in  length  almost  two 
inches,  which  was  cut  off  even  with  the  body;  the  bullet  passing  between  the  lowest 
and  the  next  rib,  cutting  at  its  going  forth  part  of  the  lower  rib.  His  hand  being 
close  to  his  body  when  ye  ball  came  forth,  it  entered  at  the  root  of  the  heel  of  ye 
thumb,  cutting  the  bone  of  the  forefinger,  resting  between  the  fore  and  second 
finger ;  was  cut  out,  and  all  the  wounds  through  the  blessing  of  God  upon  means 
were  healed  in  less  than  five  weeks  by  Dr.  Thomas  Hastings,  whose  death  since 
ye  war  is  a  great  frown  upon  us,  etc. 

He  d.  Aug.  30,  1762.     Res.  Hatfield  and  Deerfield,  Mass. 

319.  i,         ELIZABETH,  b.  April  16,  1707;  m.,  Oct.  9,  1731.  Moses  Miller,  of 


320.  ii.        SAMUEL,  b.  Feb.  20,  1709;  d.  Oct.  24,  1726. 

321.  iii.       EUNICE,  b.  May  29,  1714;  m.,  Nov.  28,  1735,  Joseph  Smead.      He 

was  son  of  Ebenezer;  was  born  1713;  was  a  maker  of  snow 
shoes  in  the  French  and  Indian  wars;  removed  to  Pine  Nook 
about  1764,  and  died  about  1796.  She  d.  June,  1792.  Ch. :  i. 
Mary,  b.  March  28,  1737;  m.  Abner  Hawks  and  Enos  Marsh.  2. 
Eunice,  b.  Sept.  28,  1738;  m.  John  Clapp.  3.  Ebenezer,  b.  March 
25,  1740;  m.  Mary  Stebbins.  4.  Joseph,  b.  Nov.  28,  1741.  Rev- 
olutionary soldier,  1778;  was  a  sergeant;  died  before  1785.  5. 
Oliver,  b.  Nov.  10,  1743;  d.  before  1784.  6.  Catherine,  b.  June  8, 
1745;  m.  Oliver  Root.  7.  Susanna,  b.  Nov.  27,  1748;  d.  before 

322.  iv.       DAVID,  b.  Jan.  4,  1712;  m.  Mrs.  Thankful  (Taylor)  Doolittle. 












323.  V.         EBENEZER,  b.  Oct.  2,  1723;  d.  Oct.  14,  1723. 

324.  vi.       THANKFUL,  b.   1716;  m.,  Nov.  28,  1739,  Seth  Heaton,  of  Keene. 

Ch. :     I.  Seth,  b.  Dec.  11,  1740.     2.   Huldah,  b.  April  28,  1742.     3. 
Daniel,  b.  1744. 

211.  THOMAS  FIELD  (Samuel,  Zechariah,  John,  John,  Richard,  William, 
William),  b.  Hatfield,  Mass.,  June  30,  1680;  m.,  Oct.  4,  1713,  Abigail  Dickinson, 
daughter  of  Hezekiah  and  Abigail  (Blackman),  b.  Dec.  8,  1690;  d.  June  20,  1775. 
Thomas  Field,  son  of  Samuel  and  Sarah  (Gilbert),  was  born  in  Hatfield,  Mass., 
June  3,  x6So.  He  purchased,  Dec.  23,  1703,  a  lot  of  land  in  Lebanon  street.  Re- 
corded in  vol.  i,  p.  120,  but  there  is  no  record  of  his  ever  having  resided  there.  He 
removed  about  1728  to  Longmeadow,  Mass..  where  he  died  Feb.  i,  1747.  He  was 
a  useful  man  in  town.  He  married  Abigail,  daughter  of  Hezekiah  and  Abigail 
(Blackman)  Dickinson,  of  Hatfield.  He  d.  Feb.  i,  1747.  Res.  Hatfield  and  Long- 
meadow,  Mass. 

325.  i.         ABAGAIL,    b.   Oct.  5,    1714;  m.   Nov.   14,    1754,  Abial  Abbott,   of 

Windsor,  Conn.     She  died  Aug.  8,  1777,  s.  p.  in  Longmeadow. 
SAMUEL,  b.  May  10,  1718;  d.  Aug.  10,  1721. 
MOSES,  b.   Feb.    16,    1722;  m.    Rebecca  Cooley  and    Mrs.    Lydia 

SIMEON,  b.  April  25,  1731;  m.  Margaret  Reynolds. 
SAMUEL,  b.  Oct.  10,  1725;  m.  Hannah  Lord. 
SARAH,  b.  Nov.  28,  1728;  d.  unm.  April  19,  1773. 

213.  CAPTAIN  ZECHARIAH  FIELD  (Samuel.  Zechariah,  John,  John,  Rich- 
ard, William,  William),  b.  Hatfield,  Mass.,  Aug.  29,  1685;  m.,  Dec.  31,  1711,  Sarah 
Mattoon.  She  m.,  2d,  June  25,  1750,  Deacon  Samuel  Childs.  She  died 
March  21,  1752. 

Zechariah  Field,  son  of  Samuel  and  Sarah  (Gilbert),  was  born  in  Hatfield,  Mass. 
He  came  to  Deerfield  in  1710.  He  removed  in  the  spring  of  1717  to  Northfield, 
where  he  died.  He  was  chosen  ensign  in  December,  1717,  after  Lieut.  Thomas 
Taylor  was  drowned,  subsequently  chosen  Lieut,  and  in  1743,  captain.  In  1718  En- 
sign Zechariah  Field  built  mills  on  Miller's  brook,  which  were  held  by  his  heirs  for 
many  years.  He  built  a  house  on  his  home  lot,  which  was  finished  in  1724.  In  the  spring 
of  1724  a  mount  was  built  at  his  house,  which  was  brick  lined,  for  a  guard  against 
Indian  attacks.  Upon  the  organization  of  the  town,  Jan.  15,  1723,  he  was  chosen 
first  selectman,  and  afterward  generally  held  some  important  town  office.  In  1739 
he  purchased,  in  company  with  Orlando  Bridgman,  for  ;^5oo,  of  Colonel  Stoddard, 
of  Northampton,  his  farm  of  100  acres  in  little  meadow.  He  soon  purchased  Mr. 
Bridgman's  share,  and  the  place  is  known  in  modern  times  as  the  Field  farm,  and 
was  lately  owned  and  occupied  by  one  of  his  descendants,  Thomas  J.  Field. 

He  was  in  the  meadow  fight,  in  Deerfield,  in  the  attempt  to  rescue  the  captives, 
Feb.  29,  1704.  He  purchased,  in  1720,  of  Pompanoot,  son  of  Wawelet.  30,000  acres 
on  Miller's  river,  at  Payuayag  (now  Athol),  for  which  he  paid  twelve  pounds,  being 
the  balance  of  all  the  desirable  land  claimed  by  the  Indians  as  original  proprietors. 
His  own  petition  to  Governor  Belcher  best  tells  the  story: 

'  'To  His  Excellency  Jona  Belcher, 

"It  being  represented  to  me  that  it  would  be  for  the  interest  of  this  Government 
to  purchase  the  right  of  Pompanoot  son  of  and  heir  to  Wawelet  one  of  the  Chiefs 
among  the  Indians,  of  and  in  a  large  tract  of  land  lying  upon  Millers  River  so  called, 
at  a  place  called  Payuayag  (Athol)  of  the  contents  of  about  30,000  acres,  bounded 
upon  large  falls  on  said  river  easterly,  extending  seven  miles  down  the  river,  run- 
ning four  miles  southerly  from  ye  sd.  river,  and  two  miles  northerly.      And  your 


memorialist  being  intimately  acquainted  with  the  said  Pompanoot,  and  consider- 
ing that  if  the  land  should  not  be  bought  of  him  before  the  English  begun  to  make 
some  settlement  and  build  upon  the  sd  land,  he  would  afterwards  demand  a  much 
higher  price,  than  if  bought  before  such  improvement. 

'  'Your  memorialist  for  the  good  of  the  country  bought  the  sd  land  of  sd  Indian 
in  the  year  1720  for  an  inconsiderable  sum,  viz.  twelve  pounds,  which  is  now  of 
great  worth.  And  the  sd  land  by  the  authority  of  the  Great  and  General  Court  has 
been  lately  granted  for  a  Township  to  the  English  inhabitants.  Though  your 
petitioner  has  it  under  the  hand  of  a  great  number  of  Indians  that  the  sd  land  was 
the  right  of  the  said  Pompanoot  by  virtue  of  a  gift  from  his  honored  father  Wawelet, 
yet  is  entirely  satisfied  that  this  grant  of  the  Court  should  take  place  provided  he 
be  recompensed  for  the  £\'2.  advanced,  with  interest,  or  receive  a  part  of  said  land. 

Northfield  April  1733.  Zechariah  Field." 

In  consideration  of  the  aforesaid  purchase,  the  general  court  allotted  him  for  his 
trouble  and  money  advanced,  800  acres  of  the  land,  which  by  running  ot  town  lines 
tell  mostly  in  New  Salem. 

The  general  court  afterward  granted  the  same  land  to  other  parties,  regardless 
of  the  first  agreement.  But  being  determined  to  maintain  his  rights,  he  was 
allotted  land  enough  by  the  general  court  as  they  considered  an  equivalent,  m 
Buckland,  after  several  years  had  elapsed  from  the  first  allottment.  He  never 
considered  he  received  an  equivalent  for  his  money  and  services,  besides  the  an- 
noyance of  following  up  officials.  He  married  Sarah,  daughter  of  Philip  and  Sarah 
(Hawks)  Mattoon,  of  Deerfield,  born  April  25,  1687.  She  was  one  of  that  miserable 
company  captured  at  Deerfield,  Feb.  29,  1704,  and  was  earned  to  Canada.  After 
suffering  incredible  hardship  she  was  ransomed  and  returned  the  next  year.  She 
was  allowed  by  the  probate  court  a  share  of  the  property  of  Mathew  Clesson,  who 
was  killed  in  a  fight  with  Indians  in  the  meadow  in  1709,  she  being  engaged  in 
marriage  to  him. 

He  removed  to  Northfield  in  1714.  He  paid  the  largest  tax  there  in  1717,  and 
the  third  largest  in  1729.  In  1729  he  bought  for  ;^55o  the  land  now  known  as  the 
Field  farm,  at  Northfield  Farms.  He  held  more  land  than  anyone  in  town  in  1733. 
That  year  he  was  granted  by  the  general  court  800  acres  near  Athol,  in  return  for  a 
purchase  of  30,000  acres,  bought  from  the  Indians,  in  1720,  for  £11,  which  shrewd 
purchase  was  not  confirmed  by  the  court.  In  1717  and  later  was  an  ensign,  ranging 
against  the  Indians;  a  militia  captain  in  1743;  selectman  in  1721,  1733  and  1738-4.2; 
town  treasurer  in  1739-41;  a  leading  man  in  the  church. 

In  1715  Zechariah  Field  was  appointed  surveyor  of  highways,  and  the  follow- 
ing year  a  fence  viewer.  In  1716  he  was  on  a  committee  "to  inspect  the  minister's 
house,  the  building  of  the  same  and  to  appoint  and  procure  workmen  and  materials, 
and  take  an  account  of  all  service  and  expense  about  said  building,  and  render  their 
account  to  said  committee  and  by  them  allowed." 

In  1733  when  it  was  well  assured  that  Northfield  was  to  stand,  men  who  had 
ready  cash  began  to  invest  it  in  lands  in  and  around  the  plantation.  Ensign 
Zechariah  Field  made  a  wholesale  purchase. 

In  1717  he  was  chosen  ensign  in  place  of  Thomas  Taylor,  who  was  drowned,  and 
succeeded  in  command.  June  7  of  this  year  he  purchased  the  home-lot  of  Thomas 
Leffingwell  and  wife,  Mary.  In  1723  he  purchased  the  homestead  of  his  brother's 
(Ebenezer's)  heirs.  In  1723,  when  the  plantation  was  incorporated  into  a  town, 
Mr.  Field  was  elected  one  of  the  first  selectmen.  In  1724  the  governor  directed 
the  forts  at  Northfield  to  be  examined  and  repaired  at  once.  By  March  5  the  Zech- 
ariah Field  fort  and  mount  were  finished.  The  mounts  were  square  towers,  from 
fourteen  to  twenty  feet  high,  fitted  up  for  a  sentry.     Zechariah  Field  was  sergeant 


in  Captain  Dwight's  company  in  1725.  It  often  had  engagements  with  the  Indians 
on  the  frontier.  The  total  amount  of  pay  and  subsistence  of  this  company  from 
May  19  to  November  16  was  ^1,139  4s.  sd.  Part  of  the  time  the  company  was  at 
Fort  Dummer. 

In  1729,  in  a  rate  for  defraying  the  town  and  county  charges  levied  on  the  polls 
and  real  and  personal  estates,  Zechariah  Field  paid  the  third  largest  tax  in  a  list  of 
nearly  fifty. 

In  1 731,  in  a  division  of  lots,  Ensign  Field  chose  on  lot  below  the  first  Beer's 
mountain,  and  the  other  on  the  plain,  against  and  above  Little  Meadow,  The  lat- 
ter was  laid  out  160  rods  long  by  10  rods  wide. 

In  1743  Zechariah  Field  was  captam  of  the  Northfield  company  in  Col.  John  Stod- 
dard's Hamps^hire  regiment  of  militia.  This  year  the  town  voted  to  build  four 
mounts,  one  at  Captain  Field's.  His  house  was  brick  lined,  and  better  for  protec- 
tion on  this  account. 

Captain  Field  was  selectman  1721-33-38-39-40-41-42. 

In  October,  1672,  the  territory  known  by  the  Indian  name  of  Squakheag,  now 
the  town  of  Northfield,  was  granted  to  certain  individuals  living  mostly  in  North- 
ampton. The  grant  was  a  township  equal  to  six  miles  square,  not  to  exceed  eight 
miles  in  length.  The  condition  of  the  grant  was  that  twenty  families  should  settle 
within  eighteen  months.  The  General  Court  appointed  Lieut.  Wm.  Clark,  Wm. 
Holton,  Lieut.  Samuel  Smith,  Cornet  Wm.  Allys,  and  Isaac  Graves  a  committee 
to  lay  out  the  plantation,  and  superintend  the  concerns  of  the  proprietors,  and  it 
was  enjoined  upon  them  to  lay  out  a  farm  of  300  acres  of  upland  and  meadow,  for 
the  use  of  the  country,  and  to  settle  a  minister  so  soon  as  twenty  families  should 
be  gathered.  The  plantation  was  laid  out  the  following  year,  as  follows:  "Begin- 
ning at  a  brook  called  Natanis,  at  the  lower  end  of  a  meadow  Nattahameongom,  or 
Natanis  (now  Bennett's  meadow),  and  running  up  the  river  eight  miles,  and  extend- 
ing three-fourths  of  a  mile  from  the  river  on  the  west  side,  and  three  miles  and 
three-fourths  of  a  mile  on  the  east  side."  On  September  9,  1673,  a  part  of  this 
territory,  with  a  large  additional  tract  on  the  west  of  the  river,  was  purchased 
of  the  Indians.  Soon  after  this,  and  during  that  year,  several  settlers  from  North- 
ampton, Hadley  and  Hatfield,  came  in,  and  built  several  houses,  one  of  which  was 

Northfield  settlement  took  place  during  the  inception  of  King  Philip's  war.  The 
story  of  the  Indian  murders  in  Squakheag,  the  slaughter  of  Captain  Beers  and  his 
men  on  their  way  to  that  settlement,  and  the  forsaking  of  the  plantation,  has  been 
fully  told. 

It  was  not  until  after  the  passage  of  several  years  succeeding  the  conclusion  of 
Philip's  war,  that  the  proprietors  moved  for  a  new  settlement.  In  1782,  the  sur- 
vivors of  the  original  committee,  and  others,  petitioned  the  General  Court  that  the 
limits  of  the  Squakheag  grant  might  be  extended,  so  as  to  bound  southerly  on  Stony, 
or  Four-mile  brook.  Their  petition  was  granted  on  condition  that  forty  families 
should  settle  in  the  town  within  three  years;  and  as  some  of  the  committee  had 
died,  a  new  committee  was  appointed  to  take  their  place.  In  1684  the  village  was 
laid  out  upon  the  same  ground,  and  in  the  same  form,  as  it  now  exists.  The  lots 
were  laid  out  twenty  rods  in  width,  and  a  reservation  was  made  for  highways  ten 
rods  in  width,  through  and  across  the  village.  In  1685,  a  number  of  families 
returned  to  the  plantation,  built  a  few  houses,  and  erected  a  block  house.  At  a 
meeting  of  the  committee  the  same  year,  lots  were  granted  to  thirty-two  persons, 
and  it  was  ordered  that  every  person  who  had  sixty  acres  of  interval  land  should 
settle  two  inhabitants  upon  it.  It  was  agreed  also  that  all  the  proprietors  should 
be  on  their  lands,  with  their  families,  on  or  before  May  10,    16S6,  or  forfeit  their 


grants.     Deeds  of  all  the  territory  and  much  besides  seem  to  have  been  given  by 
certain  Indians  after  this. 

The  settlement  went  on  prosperously  for  a  year  or  two,  when,  in  1689,  came  on 
King  William's  war.  The  settlers  saw  that  their  strength  was  small,  that  their 
situation  was  the  most  northern  in  the  colony,  and  thus  peculiarly  exposed  to  the 
incursions  of  the  French  and  Indians  from  the  north ;  and  burying  their  most  valu- 
able goods  in  a  well,  a  few  rods  south-easterly  of  the  present  meeting  house,  -they 
left  their  dwellings  tenantless,  and  with  their  wives  and  children,  fled  to  Hadley. 
This  withdrawal  was  destined  to  be  a  long  one.  Queen  Anne's  war  followed  soon, 
and  it  was  not  until  February,  1713,  that,  in  accordance  with  a  petition  to  the  Gen- 
eral Court,  of  Joseph  Parsons,  John  Ljmian  and  others,  the  Squakheag  grant  was 
revived.  The  act  appointed  Samuel  Partridge,  John  Pynchon  (the  second),  Samuel 
Porter,  John  Stoddard  and  Henry  Dwight,  a  committee  to  determine  on  the  rights 
of  claimants,  under  the  old  grant,  and  to  join  them  with  others,  preference  being 
given  in  all  cases  to  the  descendants  of  the  original  planters  and  grantees.  The 
committee  were  empowered  to  make  their  allotments,  and  required  to  reserve  250 
acres  of  land  to  be  at  the  disposition  of  the  government.  The  grant  was  based  on 
the  provision  that  forty  families  should  be  settled  within  three  years,  and  that  they 
procure  and  settle  a  learned  and  orthodox  minister,  "the  town  to  be  named  North- 
field,"  and  to  "lye  to  the  County  ot  Hampshire."  On  April  14,  1714,  sixteen  per- 
sons appeared  before  the  committee  and  proved  their  claims  in  the  right  of  their 
ancestors,  and  three  in  their  own  rights,  and  entered  mto  articles  ot  agreement. 


Of  the  Sack  of  Deerfield  by  the  Indians  in  1704,  of  the  Captivity  of  Sarah 
Mattoon,  of  her  two  Lovers,  and  of  her  Return  Years  After. 

[Written  by  Mary  Field  for  the 'Sunday,  Springfield,   Mass.,  Republican,    December  3,  1899.] 

It  was  February,  1 704.  The  snow-clad  hills  that  encircled  the  frontier  town  ot 
Deerfield  stood  peacefully  and  solemnly  lookmg  down  on  the  broad  valley.  Sarah 
Mattoon,  a  girl  ot  seventeen  summers,  had  climbed  to  the  top  of  a  low  foot-hill  near 
to  her  father's  house,  and  stood  looking  over  the  settlement  as  it  lay  shining  in  the 
snow.  How  she  loved  the  winter  with  its  sparkle  and  cold,  its  delicate,  tender 
beauty !     Surely  heaven  and  earth  were  never  more  beautiful  than  to-night ! 

Nor  was  Sarah  less  than  beautiful  with  her  glowing  color  and  deep  brown  eyes, 
clad  in  her  simple  homespun  gown  and  hood.  After  a  long  stint  of  spinning  she 
had  escaped  for  a  few  minutes'  run  over  the  crust.  Shunning  the  village  street, 
she  sped  through  the  home  lot  to  the  apple  trees  on  the  slope.  She  sought  vainly  to 
find  relief  from  the  weight  of  perplexity  and  pain  that  grew  and  grew  within  her  as 
she  spun.  It  was  but  two  days  since  she  had  promised  Matthew  Clesson  to  be  his 
wife,  and  already  those  two  days  were  an  eternity,— and  more  terrible.  To-morrow 
he  would  return  from  Northampton,  and  she  must  meet  him.  How  could  she  meet 
him?  How  could  she  bear  his  distress  and  pain?  Dear,  good,  gentle  Matthew, 
whom  she  loved  so  much — yet  not  enough. 

"I  can  never,  never  explain  it  in  this  wide,  dreary  world!"  How  dreary  and 
lonely  the  world  seemed  to  Sarah  on  a  sudden !  The  sun  was  setting  in  the  midst 
of  rising  clouds,  and  the  wind  grew  colder.  An  oppressive  sense  of  real  or  fancied 
danger  came  over  her.  Was  it  so?  Were  there  savages  lurking  behind  those  far- 
off  hills,  or  nearer,  close  at  hand?  She  was  rash  to  have  come  so  far  from  the 
settlement,  but  misery  knows  no  fear.     And  danger?    What  was  danger  to  her  woe? 

But  she  drew  her  cloak  about  her  and  hurried  home,  entering  the  long,  low  liv- 


ing  room,  lit  by  the  glowing  wood  fire.  How  the  firelight  flickered  and  danced  over 
the  brown  boards  of  the  walls  and  floor,  gleaming  on  the  great  rafters  overhead  and 
reflecting  a  cozy  home-like  glow  on  all  it  touched ! 

It  was  supper  time,  and  Sarah  was  soon  busily  stirring  the  bubbling  kettle  ot 
hominy  that  hung  over  the  coals,  then  dipping  it  out  into  porringers  and  bowls  and 
helping  the  children  to  pour  the  precious  milk  from  the  great  blue  pitcher  brought 
through  so  many  perils  from  safer  shores.  She  went  on  fulfilling  one  after  another 
the  ceaseless  round  of  evening  duties, — seeing  that  the  boys  brought  in  great  armfuls 
of  wood,  brushing  up  the  broad  hearth,  turning  the  settle  to  the  fire  and  tucking 
the  youngest  child  into  the  low  red  cradle  in  the  corner.  At  length  all  was  settled 
and  secure  for  the  night. 

"Sally,"  said  her  mother,  as  she  took  up  her  knitting  in  the  chimney  corner, 
"if  ye  ain't  afeer'd  o'  the  dark  ye  ken  go  and  tell  Rebecca  I'll  be  up  and  help  her  in 
the  mornin'  wi'  the  weaving.  Ye  ken  stay  the  night,  too,  if  ye  like,  and  mind  to 
assist  Rebecca  if  ye  do.  She's  frail,  poor  thing.  It's  hard  on  Philip.  I  alius  told 
him — " 

Here  Sarah  interrupted:  "I'll  go  right  off,  mother,  'twill  be  dark  soon.  Good- 
night, mother." 

And  glad  to  get  out  again,  she  undid  the  great  door  and  stepped  forth.  She 
paused  a  moment  on  the  broad  door  stone  to  look  at  the  sky.  The  stars  were  few 
and  faint  and  the  rising  wind  was  from  the  south  and  chill,  and  full  of  eerie  whis- 
perings. The  bare  branches  of  the  trees  tossed  and  creaked  in  the  wind,  darkly 
silhouetted  against  snow  and  sky.     As  Sarah  went  on  a  tall  figure  met  her. 

"Sarah!" — "Zechariah!"  There  was  silence  for  a  moment  until  the  girl  said, 
sharply,  "Zechariah  Field,  what  do  you  here?" 

"Nay,  Sarah,  be  not  so  hard.  Verily,  the  fiercest  foe  is  easier  met  than  you  in 
anger.  Yet  why  be  angry?  I  did  but  pause  an  instant  to  cheer  my  loneliness  with 
the  chinks  of  light  between  the  shutters  of  your  home.  Do  you  know  what  it  is  to 
have  no  home?  Nay,  do  not  interrupt  me.  Where  are  you  going?  I  care  not. 
Surely  heaven  sent  you  forth  to  me,  waiting  so  long  for  speech  with  you.  Do  not 
turn  away,  why  be  unkind  to  me?  May  I  not  ask  you  once  in  all  these  weary 
months  why  you  avoid  all  friendliness  with  me?  'Tis  strange.  'Tis  past  all  my 
experience  of  God's  mercies  that  you  should  so  rebuff  me.  I,  who  loved  you  from 
the  hour  I  met  you  yonder  on  the  hill  slope  as  I  found  my  way  hither  up  the  great 
river  and  across  the  mountain.  Do  you  recall  it,  Sarah,  that  spring  day?  The 
sweet  pink  flowers  I'd  gathered  pleased  you  then.  You  were  so  kind,  courteous, 
yet  homelike  as  a  sister  in  gentleness  and  spirit.  Was  it  nought  to  you,  that  meet- 

Seeking  to  detain  her,  the  young  man  seized  Sarah's  hand.  He  found  her 
trembling  like  a  slender  aspen,  and  drawing  her  arm  within  his  led  her  to  the  next 
home  lot,  where  a  new  house  was  rising,  and  made  her  sit  upon  a  great  felled  tree. 

"I  must  not,  I  must  not!"  she  protested,  striving  to  go. 

"No,  Sarah — no,  you  shall  not  go,  you  must  hear  me.  The  times  are  ominous 
and  fearful.  Who  knows  what  moment  we  may  be  set  upon,  slaughtered,  or  widely 
separated?  No,  dear  heart,  do  not  shudder  so;  all  things  are  bearable,  but  two 
things  help  to  make  them  so;  the  love  of  God  and  love  of  you.  Ah,  if  you  love  me, 
Sarah,  what  is  life  or  death?" 

But  Sarah  drew  herself  deep  in  her  cloak  and  dropped  her  head  upon  her  knees 
and  shook  with  sobs,  yet  spoke  no  word. 

Zechariah  bent  over  her.  "And,  Sarah,  if  it  be  not  so;  if  you  have  no  love  in 
your  heart  for  me,  nor  ever  had,  nor  will  have,  say  so;  tell  me.  I  can  bear  it,  and 
(heaven  help  me)  love  you  still.      Ah,  is  it  so?      Is  my  dream  with  all  its  miracle  of 


sweetness  but  a  dream  and  not  the  blest  reflection  of  some  deeper  bond?  Sarah — 
tell  me,  tell  me  truly!    Arm  me  with  desperation,  if  not  with  love." 

But  no  sound  broke  the  silence  of  the  night,  save  the  swaying  branches  over- 
head rustling  in  the  wind. 

"Look  up,  Sarah,  speak  to  me!  just  one  word." 

In  vain  she  strove  to  speak,  she  rose  to  her  feet  struggling  to  overcome  her 
emotion,  but  Zechariah  drew  her  to  him  and  soothed  and  hushed  her  like  a  little 
child,  until  at  last  she  freed  herself  and  said  resolutely: — 

"No,  Zechariah,  no — I  have  no  right  to  let  you  love  me.  I  have  told  Matthew 
I  would  be  his  wife." 

Zechariah  started  with  a  low  cry.  "Sarah, — Sarah!" — he  turned  away,  but 
again  returned  to  her. 

"And  do  you  love  him,  Sarah?    1  will  be  silent  if  you  tell  me  that." 

Her  breath  came  quick;  without  looking  up  she  repeated:  "I  have  told  Mat- 
thew I  would  be  his  wife." 

She  turned  to  go,  but  Zechariah  seized  her  hand. 

"You  must  not  go,  you  shall  not  leave  me  so.  Your  words  are  arrows,  but 
vour  voice  trembles  and  breaks  with  tenderness — for  whom?  for  what?  Oh,  is  it 
not  for  me?  Think,  Speak !  I  shall  be  loving  you  always  and  ever,  and  will  you 
not  give  me  one  little  word  of  kindness  or  of  pity?" 

Sarah  burst  into  tears  "Pity — pity.  Oh,  Zechariah !  'tis  I  who  need  your  pity ! 
May  God  help  us!  My  life  must  be  a  desert  and  a  waste,  with  but  one  gleam  of 
brightness  far  away — that  you  have  loved  me — grudge  it  not  to  me,  I  will  be  worthy 
of  it  if  I  live;  now  I  must  go." 

But  Zechariah  clasped  his  arms  firmly  about  her.  "Not  so,  Sarah,  'tis  not  so. 
You  are  not  Matthew's,  you  are  mine.  You  love  me — 'tis  all  I  ask.  No  power  in 
heaven  or  earth  should  part  us.     I  may  be  poor  and  Matthew  rich,  but " 

Sarah  stopped  him. 

"Oh,  Zechariah,  you  cannot  think  it  that;  you  do  not.  Blest  were  captivity 
with  you  to  all  that  England's  safest,  stateliest  home  could  be  without  you;  oh,  my 

She  clung  to  Zechariah  now  and  her  story  came  bursting  forth  like  some  pent- 
up  mountain  brook  whose  splash  and  foam  and  hurrying  eddies  hide  its  onward 
course,  so  overwrought  with  tears  was  her  tale. 

"Oh,  Zechariah,  when  you  came  two  years  ago,  upon  that  day — but,  no — I 
cannot  speak  of  that — heaven  opened  with  your  eyes  meeting  mine.  I  loved  you 
from  that  moment,  and  I  soon  knew  I  loved  you,  but  that  you  should  love  me 
seemed  as  far  away  as  the  blue  sky  above  me.  So  I  strove  against  it,  and  rebelled ; 
it  may  be  in  that  struggle  I  was  rude  to  you." 

"Indeed  you  were,"  he  broke  in;  "a  wild  rose  set  with  thorns  I  found  you,  but 
I  loved  you  all  the  same." 

"Then,"  Sarah  went  on,  "you  drew  to  Betty,  beautiful  Betty.  We  were  insep- 
arable, Betty  and  I — I  see  it  now — but  then  I  did  not  dream  but  that  'twas  she  you 
sought.  I  was  so  miserable,  so  unhappy,  and  Matthew  all  along  was  kind,  too  kind 
to  me,  though  truth  to  tell,  I  think  'twas  Betty  he  first  loved." 

"Aye,  verily,"  Zechariah  interrupted  angrily,  "and  Mistress  Betty,  not  so  shy 
as  you,  saw  through  it  all.  'Twas  not  so  difficult  tor  her  to  blind  your  eyes,  to  throw 
you  and  Matthew  together,  and  take  the  hand  held  out  to  you.  Ah,  but  she  did 
forget  that  I  had  eyes  and  that,  though  they  might  see  the  beauty  and  bloom  of  the 
stately  damsel,  it  was  the  sweet  shy  rose  they  dwelt  upon." 

"Yet  she  loved  you,"  Sarah  went  on.  "Her  whole  mind  was  set  upon  you, 
that  I  knew  full  well.     Ah,  what  an  endless  struggle  did  I  have  to  keep  my  patience 


and  to  curb  my  tongue.  Once — once  long  ago,  it  flashed  over  me  that  it  was  me 
you  loved.  How  that  brief  flash  illumined  all  my  sky !  and  yet  I  would  not,  could 
not,  heed  it  or  believe  it.  When  shall  we  learn  to  listen  to  those  deep-hidden  mes- 
sages? Meanwhile,  confusion  grew  among  us,  Matthew,  Betty,  you  and  me;  and 
but  one  word  was  plain— to  promise  Matthew  I  would  be  his  wife,  making  his  hap- 
piness, helping  hers,  and  perhaps  yours;  nor  did  I  fancy  my  misery  could  be  greater 
till  'twas  done  two  days  ago,  since  when  I  have  known  but  torture  and  slow  death 
— would  it  were  death  indeed!" 

Sarah  became  silent;  Zechariah,  deep  in  thought,  did  not  speak  for  many  min- 
utes.    At  length  he  said: — 

"And  can  you  marry  Matthew  feeling  so?  Can  you — "  she  interrupted  him. 
"Nay,  Zechariah,  nay.  I  cannot.  I  but  wait  his  coming  to  tell  him  so.  I  told  him 
I  did  not,  could  not  love  him  as  I  should,  as  I  wished,  but  he  said  it  mattered  not 
to  him ;  it  would  come  by  and  by !  But  no,  no,  1  should  hate  him  were  I  wed  to 
him.  I'll  do  him  no  such  wrong.— dear,  gentle  soul!  But,  Zechariah,  how  can  I 
be  yours?    Surely,  not  now." 

"But,  dearest,  we  can  wait,"  he  whispered.  "Aye,  verily  I  can  live  for  many 
a  weary  day  glad  in  the  thought  that  you  have  loved  me  all  these  years,  and  you 
will  love  me  still?" 

Sarah  could  not  speak,  she  suffered  him  to  draw  her  to  him  and  kiss  her  sol- 
emnly,— "sealing  thus,"  he  said,  "our  love  tor  future  time." 

The  curfew  was  ringing  and  they  hurried  reluctantly  to  the  stockade,  and  Zech- 
ariah left  Sarah  at  her  brother's  door. 

It  was  late  before  Sarah  slept,  but  at  length,  youth  and  health  conquered  the 
tumult  of  thought  within  her.  Her  rest  was  brief.  Horrible  sounds  awoke  her, 
screams  of  terror,  blood-curdling  howls,  rang  in  her  ears;  a  fierce  red  glare  lit  up 
the  blackness  of  night  and  shone  into  the  low-rattered  attic  where  she  slept.  She 
sprang  up,  trembling,  yet  resolute.      Rushing  downstairs  she  roused  her  brother: — 

"Philip!  Philip!  the  Indians — the  Indians!  Give  me  your  gun!  I'll  hold  the 
door  a  moment  while  you  fly  with  Rebecca  and  the  babe." 

But  as  she  spoke  the  heavy  door  was  battered  down  and  a  wild  horde  of  Indians 
entered.  Seizing  Philip,  despite  his  desperate  resistance,  they  bound  him,  also 
Sarah;  then  turning  to  Philip's  wife  and  seeing  her  unfit  for  the  journey  they 
instantly  tomahawked  her  before  her  husband's  very  eyts  and  their  little  child  like- 
wise. Plundering  the  house  of  all  they  coveted,  they  set  it  on  fire,  dragging  Sarah 
and  Philip  away  to  a  neighboring  house  where  they  gathered  men,  women  and 
children  bound  and  captive. 

Here,  wild  with  grief  and  terror,  helpless  to  aid  or  alarm,  they  were  forced  to 
witness  slaughter  and  ruin  until  their  hideous  captors,  satiated  and  fearful  of  further 
delay,  summoned  them  to  march  unwillingly  forth  out  into  the  wilderness  of  snow 
and  ice.  Desolate,  desperate,  scarcely  knowing  who  was  living  and  who  dead,  they 
were  driven  mercilessly  onward  in  the  cheerless  gray  of  the  morning. 

Vainly  did  Sarah  search  the  long,  straggling  band  of  captives  for  Zechariah's 
erect,  fine  figure.  He  was  not  among  them.  For  a  moment  she  rejoiced,  then  came 
a  deadly  fear  that  he  was  slain ;  and  thus,  torn  between  hope  and  despair,  yet  sus- 
tained by  invincible  courage,  she  struggled  on.  When  Philip,  maddened  beyond 
endurance,  became  so  unmanageable  that  the  Indians  murdered  him,  poor  Sarah 
sank  down  beside  him,  ready  to  share  his  fate,  but  the  appeal  of  Mary  Field,  Zech- 
ariah's uncle's  wife,  to  help  her  to  carry  her  little  son  of  three  years,  roused  her 
once  more;  and  with  greatest  exertions  she  succeeded  in  carrying  him  until  her  sav- 
age master,  moved  by  her  indomitable  pluck,  took  pity  on  her  and  put  the  child 
upon  the  sledges. 


From  Mary  Sarah  learned  of  the  brave  fight  Zechariah  and  his  uncle  had  made 
to  save  her  and  the  children,  escaping  only  at  the  last  minute,  and  sallying  forth 
from  the  fort  after  the  departing  enemy,  following  them  persistently  and  perilously 
till  summoned  back  to  the  defense  of  the  remaining  few.  Sarah  learned,  too,  of  the 
safety  of  her  own  family.  Thankful  beyond  measure,  Sarah  strove  to  comfort  the 
poor  mother  whose  baby  had  been  ruthlessly  torn  from  her,  and  thus  cheenng  each 
other  as  best  they  could  they  journeyed  on ;  now  many,  now  few,  meeting  and  part- 
ing some  to  meet  no  more.  Over  the  frozen  river,  along  whose  icy  tracks  they 
moved  swiftly,  over  desolate  wooded  mountains,  through  forest  and  fastness  for 
300  miles  they  struggled  on.'  Near  the  end  of  the  journey  Sarah  fell  in  with  Betty 
Hurst, — beautiful  Betty,  already  learning  to  banter  a  few  French  words  with  the 
young  Canadians,  ^amusing  and  subduing  her  captors  with  her  playful  and  vain 
childishness.  She  greeted  Sarah  eagerly  and  soon  began  talking  of  Zechariah  and 
Matthew,  contrasting  them  with  the  gay  young  Frenchmen. 

This  was  too  much  for  Sarah.  Matthew  took  possession  of  her.  Was  it  for  this 
freakish,  flippant  child  she  had  sacrificed  her  love  and  bound  herself  to  Matthew? 
For,  stern  Puritan  that  Sarah  was,  she  felt  herself  bound  still  to  Matthew.  How 
painfully  she  longed  to  tell  him  of  her  mistake  that  she  might  conscientiously  love 
Zechariah!  And  now  a  new  terror  came  over  her,  Matthew  would  proclaim  her  his 
at  home.  Indeed,  he  might  venture  forth  to  redeem  her.  Now  despair  succeeded 
to  wrath ;  she  heard  Betty's  hopeful  chatter  ot  home-going,  but  vaguely,  distantly 
— to  go  home  would  be  to  face  a  more  fearful  dilemma  than  now  confronted  her. 

Thus  torn  and  tossed  by  miserable  thoughts,  too  rigid  to  accept  any  easier  view 
of  her  curious  relations  to  Matthew,  Sarah  was  led  to  hide  herself  among  the  Indians 
of  the  tribe  who  took  her,  refusing  to  avail  herself  of  any  chance  of  exchange  or 
redemption,  and  becoming  gradually  an  Indian  in  dress  and  manners,  she  acquired 
much  of  their  self-control  and  dignity,  and  grew  strong  in  the  free  outdoor  life  and 
often  outdid  the  squaws  in  wildwood  accomplishments. 

For  five  years  she  dwelt  among  the  Indians,  alone  and  lonely.  It  chanced  one 
June  day  at  the  end  of  this  time  that  she  sat  a  little  apart  from  the  other  women, 
mending  a  net  on  the  shore  of  the  broad  St.  Lawrence.  The  day  was  cloudless  and 
still.  Suddenly  a  great  white  river  bird  rose  up  from  the  reeds  of  the  shore  and 
hung  for  a  moment  poised  over  the  water  close  to  Sarah.  She  looked  up,  startled, 
and  then,  entranced  by  his  beauty,  she  watched  his  flight  upward  into  the  shimmer- 
ing, shining  blue,  and  as  he  rose  up,  up,  up  into  the  glorious  sky,  she  sprang  to  her 
feet,  exclaiming: — 

"Home — home!  I  must  go  home!" 

As  if  a  weight  were  lifted  from  her  heart,  the  rushing  river,  the  rising  bird, 
seemed  to  inspire  her.  All  in  one  moment  she  saw  the  pity  of  her  fate,  the  desolate 
years  to  come,  afar  from  kith  and  kin,  alone  among  savages. 

Her  eyes  were  opened  anew  to  the  beauty  and  gladness  of  the  world  The  net 
she  was  mending  dropped  from  her  hand,  catching  as  it  fell  on  wild  rose  bushes 
which  she  now  saw  encircled  the  spot  where  she  had  been  sitting.  The  blushing 
blossoms  looking  up  to  her  brought  sweetest  memories.  Without  an  instant's  pause 
she  sprang  to  her  canoe,  and  seizing  the  paddle  pushed  out  and  sped  away  out  on  to 
the  breast  of  the  great,  friendly  river.  She  would  trust  to  its  throbbing  current  and 
her  own  strong  arm  to  bear  her  to  Quebec. 

Once  in  Quebec  she  would  be  safe  from  pursuit,  and  but  one  day's  journey 
should  bring  her  there. 

So  on  and  on  she  went,  fearful  yet  brave,  revolving  many  things  in  her  mind 
as  the  paddle  dipped  and  redipped  to  the  water.  In  after  years  Sarah  never  dwelt 
upon  this  journej'  in  recounting  her  adventures.      Too  much  suspense  and  strain 


were  crowded  into  those  few  hours  of  incessant  labor  and  fear.  When  at  last  the 
great,  crown -like  city  appeared  far  away  in  the  mists  ot  the  morning,  joy  almost 
overcame  all  Sarah's  precautions,  and,  ceasing  to  paddle,  she  was  lost  m  relief  and 
delight.  But  chancing  to  glance  behind  her,  she  beheld,  to  her  horror,  four  well- 
guided  canoes  just  coming  mto  view  way  up  the  river.  Redoubling  every  effort 
and  keeping  close  to  the  yet  dusky  shores,  she  succeeded  in  reaching  the  landing 
before  she  was  perceived.  As  she  jumped  from  her  canoe  her  pursuers  discovered 
her,  and  a  wild  yell  rose  from  them,  but  friendly  Canadians  surrounded  her  and  she 
was  soon  safely  hidden  in  the  convent's  shelter.  And  here,  worn  out  in  mind  and 
body,  she  lay  ill  of  a  fever  for  weeks  and  months.  When  Sarah  at  length  slowly 
recovered  she  knew  no  way  to  show  her  gratitude  to  the  good  sisters  but  to  remain 
and  serve  them,  and  so  nearly  two  years  elapsed  from  the  time  ot  her  sudden  flight 
before  all  negotiations  were  ended  and  she  really  embarked  for  home. 

With  what  strangely  mingled  feeling  did  she  travel  homeward,  the  only  Deer- 
field  captive  now  returning.  Landing  at  Boston  she  journeyed  to  Northampton 
with  a  train  of  wagons  bearing  goods  to  the  settlements,  only  one  wagon  and  its 
convoy  continuing  up  the  river  to  Hatfield  and  Deerfield. 

The  long  May  day  was  drawing  |to  a  close  as  they  left  Northampton.  The 
slanting  rays  of  the  sun  fell  softly  on  the  valley  and  crept  gently  up  the  eastern 
hills.  Familiar  outlines  came  in  sight,  familiar  song  birds  filled  the  evening  air. 
A  joy  so  deep  as  to  be  painful  came  over  Sarah;  she  was  wrapt  in  contemplation 
and  emotion,  and  heeded  not  the  approach  of  a  horseman  until  she  heard  a  voice 
that  sent  the  warm  blood  rushing  to  her  heart,  ask  eagerly,  "Does  Mistress  Sarah 
Mattoon  journey  with  you?" 

A  moment  later  Sarah  was  helped  from  the  heavy  wagon  and  trembling  like  a 
leaf  was  mounted  behind  Zechariah.  His  strong  gray  horse  bore  them  swiitly  for- 
ward, leaving  the  wagon  lumbering  along  in  the  distance.  As  the  woods  shut  them 
from  view  Zechariah  turned  and  kissed  her,  looking  deep  into  her  eyes. 

"Sarah!  my  Sarah!     God  be  praised!" 

And  Sarah  could  not  speak,  she  clung  to  him,  and  for  many  minutes  they  jour- 
neyed on  in  silence. 

At  length,  as  it  to  emphasize  his  thankfulness,  Zechariah  said:  "And,  Sarah, 
until  one  month  ago  we  all  believed  you  dead."  He  paused  and  then  resumed. 
"Not  one  word  or  trace  of  you  could  be  obtained  in  all  these  seven  years.  In  vain 
did  Ensign  Sheldon  search  for  you.  You  were  reported  dead  when  he  was  first  in 
Canada,  and  on  his  second  visit  no  news  at  all  seemed  truly  to  verify  the  tale,  and 
yet  we  marveled  greatly  that  he  could  gain  no  certain  news.  Night  after  night  have 
I  pondered  over  this,  ill  sati-sfied  and  restless,  often  rising  from  a  sleepless  night 
determined  to  seek  you  afar  off  through  the  forest.  Scarce  could  the  elders  keep  us 
from  the  quest.  How  was  it,  Sarah?  How  did  those  barbarous,  bloodthirsty  crea- 
tures so  conceal  you?" 

Alas  for  Sarah,  she  could  not  meet  his  eye;  she  turned  her  face  away  full  ot 
remorse  for  his  long  years  ot  suffering. 

"Ah,  Zechariah,  blame  them  not.  'Twas  I  whose  cowardice  kept  me  prisoner 

He  started  and  looked  strangely  at  Sarah.  She  went  on:  "You  cannot  com- 
prehend it?  Oh,  my  love ! — A  great  weight  lay  upon  my  heart.  I  was  still  bound  to 
Matthew  by  my  word,  yet  all  my  heart  was  yours,  and  as  each  day  deepened  my 
love  for  you  so  seemed  to  strengthen  the  dreaded  bond  to  him,  and  this  it  was  that 
kept  me  in  the  wigwams  of  the  Indians.     Can  you  forgive  me,  Zechariah?'.' 

He  clasped  her  hand  tighter  and  she  continued ; — 


"There  came  a  day  when  suddenly  courage  came  tome.  My  heart  said  all 
would  be  well  and  I  arose  and  turned  me  homeward  unto  you." 

Again  she  looked  into  his  face  and  once  more  the  joy  of  meeting  silenced  all 
words,  all  thought. 

The  sun  had  set  and  the  young  moon  hung  brilliant  in  the  clear  western  sky 
dipping  downward  to  the  dark  horizon.  To  the  north  rose  the  great  red  rock  of  the 
Lequamps,  rising  abruptly  in  the  midst  ot  the  wide  valley.  Here  they  left  the  Con- 
necticut and  entered  the  Pocumtuck  valley.  As  they  rode  on  Sarah  told  Zechariah 
of  her  life  with  the  Indians,  of  the  terrible  winter  march  to  Canada,  of  Betty 
Hurst  and  her  approaching  marriage  to  a  young  Canadian,  of  her  own  long  illnesss 
and  the  strange  homeward  voyage.  Again  and  again  she  strove  to  ask  for  Mat- 
thew, and  again  and  again  her  courage  failed,  and  it  was  not  until  they  were 
nearing  the  settlement  that  she  finally  asked  faintly:  "And  Matthew — what  of 

Very  quietly  Zechariah  pointed  to  the  low  bank  above  the  meadows  where  the 
village  dead  lay  sleeping. 

"He  lies  there — killed  by  the  Indians." 

And  turning  his  horse  from  the  highway  he  rode  thither.  No  word  was  spoken. 
The  familiar  path,  the  nestling  village  beneath  the  hill,  the  warm  presence  ot  Zech^ 
ariah  filled  Sarah's  heart  with  keenest  joy,  yet  the  thought  of  Matthew  overcame 
all  these,  and  as  they  dismounted  and  entered  the  burying-ground  her  tears  were 
falling  like  a  soft,  warm  rain  on  a  gloomy  October  day.  As  they  stood  beside  the 
long,  low  mound,  Zechariah  said  gently:  — 

"He  loved  you,  Sarah,  to  the  end,  deeply  and  generously.  Through  all  those 
anxious  years  we  were  the  best  of  friends,  and,  strange  to  say,  the  common  bond  of 
lovmg  you  bound  us  together." 

"And  did  he  know?"  asked  Sarah  wonderingl}'. 
"He  knew  that  I  loved  you — not  that  you  loved  me." 

Sarah  stopped  to  trace  the  letters  on  the  low  headstone,  brushing  aside  a  wild 
rosebush  which  grew  beside  it. 

"Zechariah,"  she  whispered: — "You  planted  this?" 
"I  did,"  he  assented.     "'Twas  all  I  had  to  give. " 
Then  bj^  the  moon's  light  Sarah  read: — 

"Matthew  Clesson. 

Aged  30. 

Killed  by  ye  Indians  June  9,  1709." 

"June  9,"  she   repeated.      "June  g?"      She  started    to  her  feet  with  a  cry: 

"Zechariah!      It  was  June  9  that  I  left  the  Indians, — June  9  of  1709  that  I  turned 

homeward,  home  to  you." 

Again  Sarah  saw  the  majestic  river,  the  vivid  Canadian  sunlight,  and  the  great 
white  bird  vanishing  into  the  sky.  Again  the  thrill  of  her  joy  and  freedom  came 
over  her.  She  turned  to  Zechariah.  He,  too,  was  gazing  into  the  sky  as  if  he  saw 
a  vision.  Long  they  stood  there,  silent,  wondering.  Trembling,  Sarah  laid  her 
hand  upon  his  arm.  At  her  touch  he  drew  her  to  him  and  folded  her  to  his  breast, 
saying  with  awed  voice: — 

"He  sent  you!     Oh,  my  love!  He  sent  you  home  to  me!" 

A  deeper,  holier  joy  was  added  to  them,  a  greater  peace  fell  upon  them;  the 
long  years  ot  pain  and  separation  were  as  naught,  and  life  was  glad  and  good  and 
love  was  ever  new. 

He  d.  Aug.  15,  1746.     Res.,  Hatfield,  Deerfield  and  Northfield,  Mass. 
331.     i.         SETH,  b.  Sept.  28,  1712;  m.  Susanna  Doolittle. 


332.     ii.        CATHERINE,  b.  Feb  11,  1715;  m.  prob,  inNorthfield,  Mass.,  Capt. 
Simon  Willard.  of  Winchester,  N.  H. 

Eliza    Francena    Dwinnell,  born    at    Ashburnham,    Worcester 
county,  Mass.,  Jan.  15,  1844;  married  Charles  Henry  Chandler,  at 
Fitchburg,    Mass.,   Aug.    17,    1868;  died  at  Ripon,   Fond  du  Lac 
county,   Wis.,   Oct.  28,  1894.      A  member  of  the  Congregational 
church.      Two  children,  born  at  Yellow  Springs,  Greene  county, 
O.     Ch. :  I.  Elwyn  Francis  Chandler,  b.  Aug.  29,  1872.     2    Edith 
Beatrice  Chandler,  b.  Feb.  26,  1881.     Present  permanent  address 
of  both  is  Ripon,  Wis.      He  is  professor  of  mathematics  in  Ripon 
College.      Her  father's  name,   Hiram  Dwinnell,  born  at  Sutton, 
Mass.,   Feb.    28,   1808.  married  March  11,  1835,  Charlotte  Adelia 
Willard,   who  was  born  at  Ashburnham,    Mass.,  Jan.   26,   181 5. 
Both    died    at    Ashburnham,    Mass.,    he    March    24,    1874;    she 
Jan.  22,  1854.     He  was   a  worker  in   wood.     The  other  children 
besides  Eliza  F.,  all  born  in  Ashburnham,  Mass.,  were  Marcus 
Morton   Dwinnell.    born   November,    1S37;    died  Nov.    25,    1876; 
daughter,  L.  Grace  Dwinnell,  42  Vine  street,  Leominster,  Mass. 
He  married  about  1867  a  Miss  Buraham,  of  Putney,  Vt.,  who  died 
soon  after  birth  of  daughter  named  above.      Jonas  Willard  Dwin- 
nell, born  April,    1840;   married,   ist.   Nov.    19,   1867,    Sarah    E. 
Pierce,    who  died  Nov.   2,    1880.      He    married,    2nd,    Sept,    17, 
1886,  Mary  E.  Casey.     One  daughter  by  first  marriage,  Minnie  E., 
born  1869;  died  June,   1S84.      He  was  a  member  of  Twenty-first 
regiment  Massachusetts  volunteers,  and  lost  an  arm  at  Fredericks- 
burg.    I  am  uncertain  as  to  his  present  address,  as  he  is  unable  to 
work,  and  changes  his  residence  frequently.      A  short  time  ago 
he  was  in  Winchendon,   Mass.      Waldo  Wilson  Dwinnell.  born 
August,   1842;  was  in  the  Twenty-first  regimnet   Massachusetts 
volunteers;  captured  in  battle   of  the   Wilderness,  and  died  in 
Andersonville  prison,  1864.     Minerva  Dwinnell,  born  Sept.  3,  1847; 
died  April  16,  1S62.     The  brothers  and  sisters  ot  Hiram  Dwinnell 
were   Cyrus,  who  removed  to  Cleveland,   O.,  long  ago,  and  was 
lost  sight  ot ;  Polly,  who  married  Leonard  Davis,  of  Oxtord,  Mass. , 
and  died  in  1866;  Lucy,  who  married  William  Wilson,  of  Shore- 
ham,  Vt.,  and  has  been  long  dead;  Sale.m,  who  died  young;  Alice, 
who  married  James  M.  Bailey,  ot  Ticonderoga,  N.  Y.,  and  died  in 
1839;  Eliza,  who  married  William  G.  Willson,  ot  Shoreham,  Vt., 
and  is  probably  still  living,   but  very  low  in  health,  so  that  her 
present  address  of  which  I  am  not  quite  certain,  would  be  useless. 
She  has  no  hving  children.      Hiram    Dwinnell  was  the  son  ot 
Abraham  and  Mehitable  (Rich)  Dwinnell,  both  of  whom  were  bom 
in  Sutton,   Mass.,   he  Feb.    13,  17731  she  Dec.  6,  1778.     He  died 
Nov.  5,  1814,  at  Sutton,  I  think.     She  died  at  Ashburnham,  Mass., 
May  31,  1862,  being  then  the  widow  ot  Stephen  Hayward,  whom 
she  married  after  her  first  husband's  death.      Abraham  Dwinnell 
was  the  son  of  Henry  and  Hannah  (Daggett)  Dwinnell.      Henry 
Dwinnell  was  the  son  of  Jonathan  and  Mehetable  (Kennay)  Dwin- 
nell. Charlotte  Adelia  Willard  was  the  daughter  of  Jonas  and  Ruth 
Hall  (Lincoln)  Willard,  ot  Ashburnham,  Mass.,  where  he  was  born 
May  2,  1786,   and  died  April  17,  1854.      The  mother,  daughter  ot 
Lot  and  Sally  (Hathaway)  Lincoln,  was  born  at  Dighton,  Mass., 



Feb.  29,  1792,  and  died  at  Ashburnham,  Mass.,  [uly  co,  1857. 
Jonas  Willard  was  a  farmer.  He  was  the  son  of  John  and  Sara 
(Willard)  Willard.  He,  John,  was  born  at  Harvard,  Mass.,  July 
26,  1739,  and  died  at  Ashburnham,  Mass.,  July  3,  1793.  She  was 
born  at  Winchester,  N.  H.,  Nov.  16,  1746.  and  died  at  Ashburn- 
ham, Mass.,  Nov.  18,  1S34.  They  were  cousins,  he  being  the  son 
of  Henry  and  Abigail  (Fairbanks)  Willard,  and  she  the  daughter 
ot  Captain  Simon  and  Catherine  (Field)  Willard,  the  fathers  being 
sons  ot  Henry  and  Abigail  (Temple)  Willard.  grandsons  of  Henry 
and  Mary  (Lakin)  Willard,  and  great-grandsons  ot  Major  Simon 
Willard  of  colonial  reputation  and  his  third  wife,  Mary  Dunster. 

Capt.  Simon  Willard,  who  married  Catherine  Field,  was  prob- 
ably born  in  Lancaster,  Mass.,  in  1709;  baptized  there  April  24, 
1709.  He  was  one  of  the  proprietors  of  Winchester,  N.  H.,  one  of 
the  selectmen,  town -treasurer,  often  presided  at  the  tovirn  meetings, 
was  at  Fort  Dummerfrom  February  to  July,  1748,  in  the  company 
commanded  by  Capt.  Josiah  Willard,  and  was  himself  a  captain 
afterward.  He  died  in  Winchester,  March  10,  1757.  His  wife 
survived  him.     They  had  nine  children. 

GAIUS,  b.  April  2,  1716;  m.  Sarah  Holton. 

EBENEZER,  b.  June  11,  1717;  m.  Abigail  Holton. 

SAMUEL,  b.  July  6,  1719;  m.  Abigail  Field. 

PAUL,  b.  Jan.  23,  1721;  m.  Christian  Hubbard. 

SARAH,  b.  Nov.  4,  1713;  d.  April  23,  1722. 

SILAS,  b.  July  4,  1722;  d.  Sept.  23,  1722. 

RUFUS,  b.  April  10,  1724;  d.  Sept.  19,  1724. 

ZECHARIAH,  b.  July  22,  1726;  d.  Sept.  13,  1726. 

EBENEZER  FIELD  (Samuel,  Zechariah.  John,  John,  Richard,  William, 
William),  b.  Hatfield,  Mass..  March  17,  1688;  m.  1714.  Elizabeth  Arms,  daughter  of 
William;  she  m.,  2d,  Azariah  Wright.  She  was  b.  1695;  d.  Oct.  i,  1772.  Ebenezer 
Field,  son  of  Samuel  and  Sarah  (Gilbert),  b.  in  Hatfield,  Mass.  He  settled 
about  1710  in  Deerfield.  Being  oftered  a  house  lot,  he  removed  in  1717  to 
Northfield,  where  he  was  engaged  working  at  his  trade,  being  a  blacksmith  and 
gunsmith.  One  of  his  charges  to  his  brother  Zechariah  is  four  shillings  and  six- 
pence for  repairing  Pompanoots  gun,  with  which  he  probably  fought  the  white  in- 
habitants. There  is  a  tradition  in  the  famliy  that  being  mistaken  by  the  guard  in 
the  twilight  for  an  Indian  while  pitching  peas  into  his  barn,  was  fired  upon  and 
wounded  in  the  hip.  There  being  no  surgeon  in  Northfield,  he  was  taken  to  Deer- 
field  for  treatment,  and  wearied  by  the  journey,  he  died  before  his  wound  could  be 
dressed.  He  married  Elizabeth,  daughter  of  William  and  Joanna  (Hawks)  Arms, 
of  Deerfield,  b.  1695.  She  married,  2d,  Jan.  27,  1727,  Azariah  Wright,  of  Northfield. 
She  d.  in  a  fit  Oct.,  1772,  aged  77.  She  was  noted  school  teacher  in  Northfield  and 
vicinity.  Feb.  23.  1720,  the  committee  of  the  town  granted  to  Ebenezer  Field  and 
others  "the  stream  upon  Bennett's  brook,  for  a  saw  mill,  with  the  lands  that  may 
be  necessary  for  ponding  and  to  lay  logs  by  the  same;  in  case  they  build  it  by  May 
come  twelvemonth  and  improve  the  mill  from  that  time  forward  for  their  own  and 
the  town's  benefit  and  service."     The  property  is  now  known  as  Sawyer's  Mills. 

Dry  Swamp,  which  was  in  brushwood  in  1673,  had  become  well  timbered  with 
oak  and  had  pine  in  17 14.  This  was  east  of  the  Great  Swamp  and  was  lotted  out 
in  the  settlement  of  17 14  and  given  to  those  who  did  not  have  a  share  in  the  Great 
-Swamp.      The  tracts  given  contained  a  little  over  five  acres,   except    Ebenezer 




















Field's,  which  contained  over  ten  acres.     This  larger  piece  was  given  to  him,  be- 
cause, being  a  blacksmith,  he  needed  abundance  of  charcoal. 

An  old  account  book  ot  his  is  in  existence  which  was  kept  by  him  from  1721-23. 
He  often  did  work  for  the  Indians,  and  especially  for  Pompanoot,  son  and  heir  of 
Wawelot.     Some  of  the  charges  read  as  follows: 

March,  1722.    To  mending  Pompanoot's  gun 4s. 

To  2  steel  traps  and  mending  a  gun  lock  for  the  Indians £1  5s. 

To  my  wife  making  an  Indian  shirt 8d. 

To  doing  work  for  the  Indians  on  j-our  (his  brother  Zechariah's)  acct 16s. 

This  shows  the  relation  of  the  two  races  in  time  of  peace.  When  the  war 
broKe  out,  the  Indian  at  once  used  his  repaired  gun. 

When  Mr.  Field  moved  to  Northfield  from  Deerfield,  he  settled  on  the  lot  then 
held  by  the  Patterson  heirs — Jonathan  Patterson  having  died  in  1 718— which  he 
afterwards  brought.  This  was  later  known  as  the  "Landlord  Field  Place."  He 
put  up  a  shop  in  the  street,  after  the  custom  of  those  times.  He  "finished  his 
house"  in  the  winter  of  1721.  After  his  death  in  1723  the  shop  was  sold  to  Deacon 
Samuel  Smith,  who  moved  it  down  to  the  "old  meeting  oak." 

Up  to  the  year  1721  no  forts  had  been  built  in  Northfield  village.  One  or  two 
houses  were  brick-lined,  and  one  building  used  as  a  guard  room.  The  garrison 
soldiers,  when  not  on  duty,  lived  with  the  inhabitants.  The  war  which  threatened 
for  more  than  a  year  and  which  broke  out  in  the  eastern  frontiers  in  June,  natural!}- 
alarmed  the  people  and  immediate  measures  were  taken  to  prepare  for  the  worst. 
In  the  course  of  the  summer  two  forts  were  begun  and  wholly  or  partially  com- 
pleted. One  stood  on  Zechariah  Field's  lot.  These  were  not  strongly  built  works. 
Probably  the  mounts  were  only  partially  finished.  This  fort  was  surrounded  by 
a  stockade.  The  following  year  the  sentry  stationed  in  the  mount  shot  Mr.  Field. 
It  was  in  the  dusk  of  the  evening,  and  he  mistook  him  for  an  Indian.* 

Mr.  Field  was  an  excellent  smith,  and  so  invited  his  removal  to  Northfield.  It 
cannot  be  seen  how  the  inhabitants  managed  to  get  along  the  previous  years  with- 
out an  artisan  of  this  kind,  as  all  their  tools  in  daily  use,  such  as  axes,  shears,  nails, 
hoes,  plowshares,  loom-irons,  cranes  and  trammels  and  hog-rings  were  of  wrought 
iron  and  made  by  the  smith. 

Some  entries  from  Dr.  and  Cr.  taken  from  Mr.  Field's  book  for  172 1-2  will 
give  an  idea  of  the  prices,  and  the  workday  aspect  of  things  in  the  little  frontier  vil- 
lage, and  are  quite  interesting: 


By  fetching  a  load  of  coal  from  Dry  brook £0. 5.0 

"  a  bushel  of  malt 0.3.6 

I  "  harrowing  my  flax  ground o.  i.o 

"  making  hay  one  day 0.2.6 

' '  team  to  draw  tar  to  Deerfield  2  days o.  8.0 

"  team  getting  candle  wood  >^  day 0.2.0 

I.  "  horse  to  drag  my  home  lot  one  day o.  i.o 

' '  a  quarter  of  venison  1 9  lbs o.  3. 2 

"  reaping  at  Moore  plain  i  day 0.3.0 

"  Jany..  Sledding  hay  trom  Benncts  meadow 0.5.0 

"  breaking  flax  one  day 0.2.0 

"  6  bushels  Indian  corn 0.12.0 

*  In  the  dusk  of  evening  Mr.  Field  was  standing  on  his  shed  pitchine  peas,  which  were 
passed  up  to  him  from  the  cart  below  and  out  of  sight,  into  the  barn  window.  The  sentry  caught 
a  glimpse  of  the  wads  as  they  were  rapidly  tossed  into  the  window,  and  thinkmg  the  Indians 
were  leaping  stealthily  into  the  barn  for  mischief,  instantly  fired,  mortally  wounding  Mr.  Field. 
— Deacon  Phineas  Field. 



By  a  boy  to  pull  flax  one  day 0.1.6 

"  bushels  of  turnips 0.4.6 

"  malting  7;^  bushels  barley 0.3.6 

"  I  bushel  of  wheat 0.5.6 

"   horse  to  go  huckle-berrying 0.0.6 

"  a  bottle  ot  rhum 0.2.0 

"  March,  1721,  Step,  Crowfoot  work  finishing  my  house 0.2.6 


To  shoeing  a  horse  round ;^o.3.6 

sharping  pair  of  plow-irons o.  i.o 

my  oxen  to  work  one  day o.  i.o 

making  4  hog-rings 0.0.4 

"        a  trammel 0.7.0 

' '        a  clevis  and   pin o.  5. 8 

"         36  hatchel  teeth 0.3.0 

sharpening  a  plow-share 0.0.8 

"  a  coulter 0.0.4 

laying  an  axe 0.3.0 

making  a  steel  trap 0.16.0 

' '        a  hoe o.  4. 6 

one  sett  of  loom-irons  and  spindle o.  lo.o 

7  pigs  at  7  weeks  old i.  5.0 

4  lbs.  of  hops 0.4.0 

a  wapanock  skin 0.3.8 

3  fox  skins  and  ^  a  woolang  skin 0.13.6 

my  wife's  making  an  Indian's  shirt 0.0.8 

I  quart  of   honey 0.2.0 

making  a  gun  lock  and  two  screw  pins  for  ye  Indians 0.2.6 

At  the  first  two  meetings  in  Northfield  in  June,  1723— just  fifty  years  after  its 
first  settlement — Ebenezer  Field  was  elected  constable  and  fence  viewer.  He  was 
a  selectman  of  the  town  in  1722.  He  d.  Sept.  12,  1723;  res.  Hatfield  and  Northfield, 

341.  i.         EBENEZER,  b.  June  15,  1715;  m.  Sarah    Mattoon    and  Mrs.  Chris- 

tian Field. 

342.  ii.        JOANNA,  b.  April  6,  1717;  m.  1737,    Col.    Phineas   Wright.       Col. 

Phineas  Wright  (Eliezer,  Lieut.  Samuel,  Deacon  Samuel),  b. 
in  Northfield  Mass.,  July  20,  1710,  was  delegate  to  Provincial 
Congress,  and  to  Massachusetts  General  Court;  was  also  chairman 
of  the  Committee  of  Vigilance  and  Correspondence  in  the  trying 
years  of  the  county,  1775  and  1776.  I  have  from  the  Secretary  of 
State  of  Massachusetts  a  ceitified  copy  of  the  record  of  service  of 
Phineas  Wright,  in  the  Revolutionary  War,  as  colonel  of  the 
Sixth  Hampshire  County  Regiment  of  Militia.  He  d.  1795,  aged 
85  years;  she  d.  1797,  aged  82  years.  Their  children,  b.  in  North- 
field,  Mass.,  viz.:  i.  Eliphaz.  b.  Aug.  8,  1738.  2.  Catherine 
Wright,  b.  Aug.  17,  1740,  d.  1803;  m  Capt.  Reuben  Smith.  3. 
Joanna  Wright,  b.  Aug.  30,  1742.  4.  Tabitha  Wright,  b.  Aug.  23, 
1744;  d.  Sept.  23,  1822.  5.  Naomi  Wright,  b.  Oct.  29,  1746;  m. 
Col.  H.  Wells,  Greenfield,  Mass.  6.  Rhoda  Wright,  b.  Nov.  6, 
174S;  m.  Oliver  Watriss,  Northfield,  Mass. 


Capt.  Reuben  Smith  (Dea,  Samuel,  Preserved,  Lieut.  Samuel, 
Rev.  Henry),  b.  in  Northfield.  1740;  d.  Aug.  24,  1832;  aged  82 
years.  He  m.  Sept.  24,  1761,  Catherine  Wright  (see  above), 
daughter  of  Col.  Phineas  Wright  Children  b.  in  Northfield, 
Mass.  (sixth  generation):  A,  Phineas  Smith,  b.  Nov.  7,  1762;  d. 
Sept.  18,  1823;  aged  61  ^^ears.      B,   Content  Smith,   b.   April  29, 

1764;  d.  .     C,  Sarah  Smith,  b.  Oct.  11,  1765;  d.  Feb.  20,  1811. 

D,  Catherine  Smith,  b.  Sept.  14,  1767;  d. .     E,  Joanna  Smith, 

b.  Sept.  12,  1770;  d.  May  14,  1852.  F,  Submit  Smith,  b.  Feb.  27, 
1773;  d.  June  II,  1826.  G,  Rhoda  W.  Smith,  b.  Jan.  24,  1775;  d. 
Feb.  13,  1818.      H,  Mary  Smith,  b.  Jan.  21,  1777;  d.  April  29,  1822 

(unmarried).     I,  Fanny  Smith,  b.  July  7,  1779;  ^- •      J'  Adol- 

phus  Smith,  baptized  March  24,  1782  (adopted  son);  m.  Patty 

Content  Smith  (of  the  above  family),  daughter  of  Capt.  Reuben 
and  Catherine  Wright  Smith,  m.  Oct.  15,  1787,  Jerome  Hutchin- 
son, of  Brookfield,  removing  to  Norwich,  Vt.,  where  their  chil- 
dren were  born.  i.  John  Hutchinson,  res.,  Gaines,  N.  Y.,  had 
three  children.  2.  Fanny  Hutchinson,  unmarried,  res.,  Norwich, 
Vt.     3.  Sarah   Hutchinson   m.  William   Loveland,  Norwich,  Vt., 

4.  Cynthia  Hutchinson  m.  May  31,  1820.  Asaph  Allen,  of  Deerfield, 
Mass.  5.  Sophia  Hutchinson  m.  A.  J.  Williams;  res.,  Hagans- 
burg,  N.  Y.  6.  Mary  Ann,  Hutchinson  m..  ist,  Milo  Marsh;  2d, 
James  Fuller,  Boston.  7.  Williams  Hutchinson  m.  Eliza  Crary, 
Norwich,  Vt. 

Sarah  Smith,  daughter  of  Capt.  Reuben  and  Catherine  (Wright) 
Smith,  m.  May  28,  1783,  Ebenezer  Stratton,  res.  Brookfield,  Vt., 
where  the  stately  mansion  of  more  than  a  hundred  years  is  still  re- 
tained by  relatives  of  the  family.  Children  b.  in  Brookfield:  i. 
Martha  (Patty)  Stratton,  b.  July  6,  1784;  d,  Feb.  24,  1829  (unmar- 
ried). 2.  Sarah  Stratton,  b.  1788;  d.  Aug.  19,  1863.  3.  Caleb 
Allen  Stratton,  b.  1798;  d.  Jan.  12,  1882;  m,,  3d,  Emily  Edson, 
children's  mother.  4.  Harriet  Stratton,  b.  Nov.  i,  iSoo;  d.  March 
20,  1867. 

Catherine  Smith,  daughter  of  Capt.  Reuben  and  Catherine 
(Wright)  Smith,  m.  Chester  Ponieroy,  of  Newfane,  Vt.  Children 
born  there:  i.  Willard  Pomeroy,  Newfane,  Vt.  2.  Maria  Pome- 
roy,  res.  Newfane,  Vt.    3.  Chester  Pomeroy.    4.  Sophia  Pomeroy. 

5.  Fanny  Pomeroy. 

Joanna  Smith,  daughter  of  Capt.  Reuben  and  Catherine 
(Wright)  Smith,  m.  Hon.  Ebenezer  Hinsdale  Williams,  of  Deer- 
field,  Mass.  Children  of  seventh  generation:  i.  Elijah  Williams 
m.  Isabella  Hoyt.  daughter  of  Gen.  Epapheas  Hoyt;  res.  Deer- 
field.  2.  Anna  McC.  Williams  m.  Charles  Howard,  Greenfield, 
Mass.  (All  deceased.) 

Submit  Smith,  daughter  of  Capt.  Reuben  and  Catherine  Wright 
Smith,  m.  Dr.  Walter  Burnham,  of  Brookfield,  Vt.  (formerly  of 
Norwich,  Conn.),  Jan.  18,  1795.  Res.  Brookfield,  Vt.  Children 
bom  in  Brookfield.  (Grandparents  of  Perkins  Bass.)  Children:  i. 
Zebulon  Perkins  Burnham,  M.D.,  b.  Aug.  30,  1796;  d.  Dec.  25, 
1 861.  2.  Fanny  Smith  Burnham,  b.  March  28,  1800;  d.  April  30, 
1888.     3.  Catherine  Wright  Burnham,  b.  July  15,  1805;  d.  Feb.  20, 


iSgo.  4.  Walter  Burnham,  M.D  ,  b.  Jan.  12,  1808;  d.  Jan.  16,  1S83. 
5.  Helen  Maria  Burnham,  b.  Dec.  11,  1815. 

Rhoda  Wright  Smith,  daughter  of  Capt.  Reuben  and  Catherine 
Wright  Smith,  m.  Henry  Bard  well,  Sept.  29,  1807.  Res.  Deer- 
field,  Mass.     Child  of  seventh  generation :    i.  Catherine  Elizabeth 

Bardwell,  b.  Aug.  9,  1S12;  d. ;   m.  Jan,  5,   1842,  Caleb  Allen; 

res.  Deerfield;  no  children. 

Fanny  Smith,  daughter  of  Capt.  Reuben  and  Catherine  Wright 
Smith,  m.  Richard  .Watriss;  res.  Northfield,  Mass.  Child  of  sev- 
enth generation:  i.  Elijah  Watriss,  b.  1816;  d. ;  res.  North- 
field,  Mass. ;  unmarried. 

Sarah  Hutchinson,  granddaughter  ot  Capt.  Reuben  and  Cathe- 
rine (Wright)  Smith,  m.  William  Loveland;  res.  Norwich,  Vt. 
Children  born  there:  i.  Mercy  Bigelow  Loveland,  b.  1816;  d.  at 
Norwich,  Sept.  6,  1874.  2.  Joseph  Talcott  Loveland,  b.  April  5, 
1818;  d.  at  Norwich,  April  15,  1889,  unmarried.  3.  Reuben  Smith 
Loveland.  b.  Oct.  30,  1820;  d.  1898;  res.  Norwich,  Vt.  4.  William 
Jerome  Loveland,  b.  Nov.  11,  1822;  res.  East  Saginaw,  Mich.;  no 
children.  5.  Aaron  Loveland,  b.  April  10,  1826;  res.  Norwich; 
four  children.  6.  Charles  Loveland,  b.  Nov.  11,  182S:  res.  Nor- 
wich, Vt.     7.  Mary  Content  Loveland,  b.  July  2,  1831;    m. 

Badger;  d.  1870.  S.  Ellen  Loveland,  b.  Sept.  18.  1S33;  m. 
W.  H.  Hutchinson ;  res.  Norwich ;  four  sons  who  have  entered  the 

Cynthia  Hutchinson,  granddaughter  ot  Capt.  Reuben  and  Cath- 
erine Wright  Smith,  m.  Asaph  Allen,  Deerfield,  Mass.,  where  chil- 
dren were  born:  i.  Charles  Hutchinson  Allen,  b.  March  5,  1S22; 
m.  Miranda  Williams;  three  children.  2.  Mary  Ann  Allen,  b. 
Aug.  14,  1823;  m.  May  iS,  1S43,  Horatio  Hawks,  Deerfield.  3. 
William  Allen,  b.  April  26,  1825.  m.  Nancy  E.  Wilcoxson,  Durand, 
111.  4.  Amelia  S.  Allen,  b.  Feb.  16,  1828,  m.  Christopher  Merrill. 
Pennsylvania,  5.  Edward  Allen,  b.  July  7,  1832,  m.  Emily  Wil- 
coxson, Durand. 

Sarah  Stratton,  granddaughter  of  Capt.  Reuben  and  Catherine 
Wright  Smith,  m.  Luther  Wheatley.  Esq. ;  res.  Brookfield,  Vt. 
Children  born,  Brookfield:  Emily  V.  Wheatley,  b.  1809;  d.  Oct. 
II,  1833;  m.  Noah  Paine,  Esq.  3.  Deacon  Luther  Wheatley, 
b.  1816;  d.  May  27,  1S85.     3.   Frederic  Wheatley,  b.  1819;  d.  May 

1,  1847.  4.  Sarah  E.  Wheatley,  b.  1825;  d.  Oct.  28,  1850.  5. 
Eunice  Wheatley,  b.  1S31;  d.  April  10,  1859.  ^-  Alpha  Wheatley; 
res,  Peake's  Island,  Me. 

Harriet  Stratton,  granddaughter  ot  Capt.  Reuben  and  Cather- 
ine Wright  Smith,  m.  Dec.  11,  1823,  Jesse  C.  Wheatley,  Brook- 
field, Vt.,  the  birthplace  ot  children:  i.  Jesse  Cook  Wheatley, 
Jr.,  b.  Dec.  25,   1824;   m.  Sarah  A.  Sprague;   have  lour  children. 

2.  George  Wheatley,  b.  April  19.  1827;  d.  Feb.  4,  1S61.  3.  Harriet 
Wheatley,  b.  Oct,  2S,  1832;  m.  1853,  Elliot  Bowman,  of  Essex 
Junction,  Vt.     Res.  Essex  Junction,  Vt. 

Zebulon  Perkins  Burnham,  M.  D.,  grandson  of  Capt.  Reuben 
and  Catherine  Wright  Smith,  m.  Jan.  28,  1828,  Fanny  Crawford, 
daughter  of  Hon.  Theophilus  Crawtord.  Putney,  Vt. ;  res.  Wil- 
liamstown,  Montpelier,  Vt.,  and  Lowell,  Mass. ;  d.  at  Ripon,  Wis. 


She  d.  Sept.  26,  1871,  at  West  Rosendale,  Wis.  Dr.  Burnham 
graduated  at  Yale,  and  held  a  high  rank  as  physician  and  surgeon 
before  the  introduction  of  anaesthetics.  Children:  i.  Helen  M. 
Burnham,  2d,  b.  Feb.  i,  1830.  2.  Frances  C.  Burnham,  b.  March 
26,  1832;  d.  1838.  3.  Crawford  Burnham,  b.  April  8,  1834.  4. 
Perkins  Burnham,  b.  Sept.  4,  1836:  d.  at  Eagle  Harbor,  Mich., 
Jan.  26,  18S3.     5.  Lucy  H.  Burnham,  b.  Feb.  20,  1841. 

Fanny  Smith  Burnham,  granddaughter  of  Capt.  Reuben  and 
Catherine  Wright  Smith,  m.  March  19,  1822.  Dr.  Numan  Robbins 
Dryer,  Brookfield,  Vt.,  res.  in  Penfield  and  Elmira,  N.  Y.,  and  in 
Tuscola,  111. ;  d.  in  Tuscola,  July  24,  1872,  aged  75  years.  Chil- 
dren: I.  Fanny  Ursula  Dryer,  b.  Aug.  i,  1823;  d.  in  Elmira, 
N.  Y.  2.  Walter  Burnham  Dryer,  b.  June  3,  1832;  d.  Buffalo, 
N.  Y.,  March  20,  1890.  3.  Isabella  Williams  Dryer,  b.  Feb.  19, 
1827;  d.  in  Vermont  in  1832. 

Catherine  Wright  Burnham,  daughter  of  Dr.  Walter  and  Submit 
Smith  Burnham,  granddaughter  of  Capt,  Reuben  and  Catherine 
Wright  Smith,  m.  March  25,  1825,  Joel  Bass,  Jr.,  son  of  Joel  and 
Mary  Martin  Bass,  Williamstown,  Vt.  Children  b.  in  Williams- 
town,  Vt. :  I.  Perkins  Bass,  b.  April  30,  1827;  d.  in  Peterboro, 
N.  H.,  Oct.  9,  1899.  2.  Walter  B.  Bass,  b.  Dec.  4,  1828;  d.  Otta- 
wa. Kan.,  March  13,  189S.  3.  Mary  C.  Bass,  b.  June  11,  1830;  d. 
m  Illinois,  April  15,  185 1.  4.  William  Bass,  b.  1832;  res.  Lowell, 
Mass. :  a  successful  physician.  5.  Fanny  Caslma  Bass.  b.  Jan. 
25,  1835;  d.  in  Chicago,  April  11.  1882.  6.  Myron  H.  Bass,  b.  Dec. 
24,  1836;  d.  June  3,  1890,  in  Evanston,  111.  7.  Hugh  Bass,  b. 
:\Iarch  6,  1839;  d.  Aug.  29,  1872,  Chicago,  111.  8.  George  Bass,  b. 
1845;  res.  Chicago,  111.;  lawyer.  9.  Catherine  Bass;  res.  Chi- 
cago, 111. 

Walter  Burnham,  Jr.,  M.D.,  grandson  ot  Capt.  Reuben  and  Cath- 
erine Wright  Smith,  m.  Annis  Crawford,  daughter  ot  Hon.  Theoph- 
ilus  Crawford,  Putney.  Vt.  Res.  Barre,  Vt,  thirteen  years; 
Lowell,  Mass.  He  was  a  distinguished  surgeon  with  a  national 
reputation.  He  d.  in  Lowell,  Mass. ;  she  d.  Feb.  17,  18S8,  Lowell. 
Children:  i.  Astley  Cooper  Burnham.  b.  May  i,  1836;  d.  Feb. 
16,  1837.  2.  Stella  L.  Burnham,  b.  April  8,  1837.  3.  Isabella 
Hortense  Burnham,  b.  March  25,  1839;  "i-  Waldo  Adams,  of  ex- 
press fame,  Boston ;  no  children.  4.  Arthur  Hubert  Burnham,  b. 
Sept.  23,  1841.  5.  Julia  Ada  Burnham,  b.  July  16,  1843;  m-  Dr. 
James  G.  Bradt,  Lowell ;  no  children. 

Helen  Maria  Burnham,  granddaughter  ot  Capt.  Reuben  and 
Catherine  Wright  Smith,  m.  Barre,  Vt.,  March  i,  1842,  David 
Dodge,  M.D.,  graduate  of  medicine,  Columbia  College,  Washing- 
ton, D.  C.  He  practised  medicine  in  western  New  York  fourteen 
years;  then  removed  to  Chicago,  1857;  d.  in  Chicago  Jan.  31,  1888. 
Her  address  is  Chathamport,  Mass.  Children:  i.  Fred  Walter 
Dodge,  b.  Aug.  23,  1843,  in  Barre.  Vt.  2.  Mary  Louisa  Dodge, 
b.  July  5,  1846,  Victor,  N.  Y. ;  m.  Oct.  17,  1871,  in  Chicago,  111., 
Osborn  Nickerson,  son  of  Orick  and  Mary  Ryder  Nickerson ;  b. 
May  25,  184b:  res.,  Chathamport,  Mass.;  no  children. 

Helen  Maria  Burnham,  second  daughter  of  Dr.  T.  P.  Burnham, 
great-granddaughter    of    Capt.    Reuben    and    Catherine    Wright 


Smith,  m.  July  21,  1852,  Henry  C.  Bottum,  of  Vermont;  res.. 
West  Rosendale,  Wis.  Children:  i.  Joseph  Henry  Bottum,  b, 
Sept.  26,  1853;  lawyer;  res.  Felkton,  S.  D.  2.  Roswell  Bottum, 
b.  Aug.  3,  1&57;  bank  cashier;  res.  Watertovvn,  S.  D  3.  Perkins 
Bottum,  b.  June  6,  1S59;  res.  Chillicothe,  Mo.  4.  George  Bot- 
tum, b.  May  26,  1862;  farmer;  res.  Burdette,  S.  D.  5.  Sheldon 
Gale,  b.  July  31,  1866;  res.  Wisconsin.  6.  Helen  Burnham  Bot- 
tum, b.  April  25,  1875;  res.  West  Rosendale. 

Crawford  Burnham,  son  of  Dr.  T.  P.  Burnham,  great-grandson 
of  Capt.  Reuben  and  Catherine  Wright  Smith,  m.  Mary  F. 
Hewes,  Lyme,  N.  H. ;  a  lumber  merchant,  Lowell,  Mass.  Chil- 
dren: I.  Fanny  C.  Burnham,  b.  Sept.  19,  1861.  2.  Fred  G. 
Burnham,  b.  April  7,  1864;  a  practicing  physician,  Lowell,  Mass. 
3.  Walter  Burnham,  b.  Dec.  31,  1S72;  res.  Lowell,  Mass. 

Lucy  Hubbard  Burnham,  daughter  of  Dr.  T.  P.  Burnham, 
great-granddaughter  of  Capt.  Reuben  and  Catherine  Wright 
Smith,  m  April  24,  1862,  Edward  Burling,  son  of  James  and 
Sarah  Burling;  b.  April  21,  1833,  in  New  York;  res.  Eldora,  Iowa. 
Children:  i.  Fanny  Burling,  b.  May  18,  1863;  graduate  of  Chi- 
cago University.  2.  James  P.  Burling,  b.  Aug.  10,  1866;  minis- 
ter of  the  Gospel.  3.  Edward  B.  Burling,  b.  Feb.  i,  1870;  graduate 
of  Harvard  College;  lawyer;  res.  Chicago,  111.  4.  Helen  Burl- 
ing, b.  April  5,  1874;  res.  Eldora.  Iowa. 

Rev.  James  Perkins  Burling  is  a  graduate  of  Iowa  College, 
Harvard  University  and  of  the  Chicago  Theological  Seminary, 
He  m.  Terese  Temple,  Chicago,  111.  Child  of  tenth  generation. 
Child:     I.  Frederick  Temple  Burling,  b.  March  23,  1876. 

Fanny  U.  Dryer,  daughter  of  Fanny  Smith  Burnham  Dryer  and 
of  Dr.  N.  R.  Dryer,  m.  Erastus  Kellogg  Weaver,  son  of  John  and 
Kellogg  Weaver,  of  Pen  field,  N.  Y.  She  was  great-grand- 
daughter of  Capt.  Reuben  and  Catherine  Wright  Smith.  Chil- 
dren: I.  Mary  Isabella  Weaver,  m.  Charles  Palmer;  res.  Elmira, 
N.  Y.  2.  John  E.  Weaver,  graduate  ot  Ann  Arbor  University;  res. 
Rochester,  N.  Y.  3.  Frank  E.  Weaver,  m.  Griflf  Palmer,  hardware 
dealer;  res.  Rochester,  N.  Y.  4.  Helen  Weaver,  m.  Rev.  I.  Duane 
Phelps,  both  graduates  of  Syracuse  University ;  have  five  sons ; 
res.  Buffalo,  N.  Y.  5.  Charles  G.  Weaver,  m.  Grace  Bell  Harris, 
Chicago,  111.,  March  27,  1894;  res.  Chicago,  111.;  graduate  of  Syr- 
acuse University.  6.  Catherine  Weaver,  m.  James  Williams;  she 
is  a  graduate  of  Syracuse  College;  he  is  attorney-at-law ;  res. 
Philadelphia,  Pa.  7.  George  Weaver,  graduate  of  Syracuse  Uni- 
versity, editor  of  newspaper  Rochester,  N.  Y. ;  m. ;  had  four 

children.  8.  Fenton  B.  Weaver,  graduate  of  Syracuse  University ; 
merchant,  Elmira,  N.  Y. 

Stella  Lucretia  Burnham,  daughter  of  Dr.  Walter  Burnham, 
"Sr.,  great-granddaughter  of  Capt.  Reuben  and  Catherine  Wright 
Smith,  m.  July  30,  1857,  Henry  Phelps  Perkins;  b.  Dec.  25,  1832, 
son  of  ApoUos  and  Wealthy  Porter  Perkins,  of  Lyme,  N.  H.  Chil- 
dren: I.  Walter  Burnham  Perkins,  b.  1858;  real  estate  business ; 
res.  Lowell,  Mass.  2.  Henry  Phelps  Perkins,  b.  i860;  a  physician; 
res.  West  Newton,  Mass.  3.  Isabella  Adams,  b.  1862;  m.  H.  D. 
Kendell,  of  Boston,   manager  of  chemical   works;   res.   Lowell, 


Mass.  4.  Frank  Gardner  Perkins,  b.  1866;  res.  Florida.  5.  Her- 
bert Crawford  Perkins,  graduate  of  Harvard  Medical  School;  res. 
Newton,  Mass. 

Perkins  Bass,  b.  in  Williamstown,  Vt.,  son  of  Joel  and  Catherine 
Wright  Bass,  great-grandson  of  Capt.  Reuben  and  Catherine 
Wright  Smith  and  a  descendant  of  Deacon  Samuel  Bass,  the  New 
England  immigrant.  He  was  a  graduate  of  Dartmouth  College, 
and  began  the  practice  of  law  m  Chicago;  but  has  been  a  resident 
of  Peterboro,  N.  H.,  about  twenty  years.  He  m.,  first,  in  1856, 
Maria  L.  Patrick,  of  Chicago,  111.  She  and  their  only  child  died 
in  Williamstown,  Vt.,  whither  they  had  gone  to  seek  health,  in 
1858.  In  1861  he  m.  Clara  Foster,  daughter  of  Dr.  John  Foster, 
of  Chicago,  111.  Perkins  Bass,  son  of  Joel  and  Catherine  Burn- 
ham  Bass.,  was  born  on  a  farm  in  Williamstown,  Vt..  April  30, 
1827.  He  graduated  from  Dartmouth  College  in  1852,  paying  his 
expenses  by  teaching  school.  In  1854  he  went  to  Chicago  and 
taught  in  the  public  schools.  He  was  admitted  to  the  bar  and 
began  the  practice  of  law  in  1856.  The  same  year  he  m.  Maria  L. 
Patrick,  late  of  Granby.  Mass.,  who  d.  in  1858.  He  m.,  2d.  Clara 
Foster,  of  Chicago,  Oct.  5,  1861.  He  was  appointed  United 
States  district  attorney  for  the  northern  district  of  Illinois  by 
President  Lincoln,  and  continued  the  practice  of  law  in  Chicago 
until  1874.  He  was  always  interested  in  the  cause  of  education 
and  served  on  the  boards  of  education  of  the  city  of  Chicago  and 
the  State  of  Illinois.  Since  1882  he  has  made  his  home  in  Bos- 
ton, and  Peterboro,  N.  H.  Children:  i.  Gertrude  Bass,  b.  May 
14,  1863;  m.  Dr.  George  F.  Fiske,  Chicago.  Dr.  Fiske  was  son  of 
Samuel  and  Elizabeth  Foster  Fiske;  was  b.  Jan.  26,  i860,  in  Mad- 
ison, Conn.  The  first  three  months  of  1864  he  passed  in  the  camp 
of  the  Fourteenth  Connecticut  Volunteers  at  Stony  Mountain  on 
the  Rapidan  river,  near  Stevensburg,  Va.,  with  his  parents.  He 
fitted  for  college  at  the  high  school  in  Woburn,  Mass.,  graduated 
from  Amherst  College  in  1881,  and  from  the  Yale  Medical  School 
in  1883;  spent  three  years  in  Germany  and  France  studying 
ophthalmology  and  otology;  was  assistant  surgeon  to  Prof. 
Alfred  Graefe  in  the  University  at  Halle,  Prussia,  in  1884-85. 
Settled  in  Chicago  in  1886  as  an  eye  and  ear  specialist.  In 
1 891  he  built  a  private  hospital  for  treatment  of  his  own 
patients.  He  visited  European  hospitals  in  1890  and  1895. 
Res.  438  La  Salle  avenue,  Chicago.  111.  2.  John  Foster  Bass, 
b.  May  8,  1866;  graduate  of  Harvard  University  and  Law  School. 
John  Foster  Bass,  son  of  Perkins  and  Clara  Foster  Bass,  b.  at 
Chicago,  May  8,  1866;  fitted  tor  college  at  Phillips  Exeter  Acad- 
emy; graduate  at  Harvard  College  in  1891,  and  from  Harvard 
Law  School  in  1894.  He  was  war  correspondent  during  the 
Greco-Turkish  war  for  New  York  and  London  newspapers,  and  is 
now  correspondent  at  Manila  for  Harper's  Weekly  and  the  New 
York  Evening  Post.  He  was  wounded  at  one  of  the  battles  about 
Manila,  Feb.  10,  1899.  Gen.  Hale,  in  report  ot  operation  before 
Manila,  referred  to  him  as  the  only  correspondent  on  the  firing 
line  when  our  troops  captured  Manila.  He  was  the  first  corre- 
spondent to  visit  Iloilo,  and  was  wounded  in  attack  on  Caloocan. 


Robert  Perkins  Bass,  son  of  Perkins  and  Clara  Foster  Bass,  b.  at 
Chicago,  111.,  Sept.  i,  1873;  fitted  for  college  in  Boston,  Mass.; 
graduated  at  Harvard  College  in  1896.  Res.  of  family.  Peter- 
boro,  N.  H. 

Walter  B.  Bass,  a  brother  of  the  above,  m.  in  Williamstown, 
Vt.,  Ellen  Lynde,  daughter  of  John  Lynde,  granddaughter  ot 
Judge  Lynde,  one  of  the  first  settlers  there.  He  removed  to 
Ottawa,  Kan.,  where  he  d.  in  189S.  He  w^as  great-grandson  of 
Capt.  Reuben  and  Catherine  Wright  Smith.  Children:  i.  John 
Bass,  farmer  in  Ottawa,  Kan.  2.  William  Bass,  farmer  in  Otta- 
wa, Kan.     3.  Ella  Bass;  res.  Ottawa;    d. — 

Dr.  William  Bass,  great-grandson  of  Capt.  Reuben  and  Cath- 
erine Wright  Smith,  m.  Lizzie  Hunt,  Lowell,  Mass.  He  has  been 
a  successful  practitioner  ot  medicine  and  surgery  from  his  grad- 
uating till  the  present  time  in  Lowell. 

Myron  H.  Bass,  great-grandson  of  Capt.  Reuben  and  Catherine 
Wright  Smith,  m.  Elizabeth  Kelley.  He  removed  to  Evanston, 
111.,  and  gave  his  children  collegiate  education.  Children:  i. 
George  A.  Bass;  res.  Washington,  D.  C.  2.  Perkins  B.  Bass; 
res.  Evanston,  111.  3.  Stella  Bass;  res.  Evanston,  111.  4.  James 
K.  Bass;  res.  Evanston.  111. 

George  Bass,  great-grandson  of  Capt.  Reuben  and  Catherine 
Wright  Smith,  is  a  graduate  of  Harvard  University  and  Law 
School  and  pursues  his  profession  in  Chicago.  He  m.  Elizabeth 
Merrill,  ot  Wisconsin. 

Fred  W.  Dodge,  son  of  David  and  Helen  M.  Burnham  Dodge, 
great-grandson  of  Capt.  Reuben  and  Catherine  Wright  Smith,  m. 
Amelia  M.  Colvin;  res.  Chicago,  111.  Children:  i.  Helen  C. 
Dodge,  b.  March  3,  1869.     2.  Mary  Belle  Dodge,  b.  Jan.  25,  1871. 

Aaron  Loveland,  great-grandson  of  Capt.  Reuben  and  Cather- 
ine Wright  Smith,  son  of  Wm.  and  Sarah  Hutchinson  Loveland; 
m.  Laura  S.  Goodell,  at  Westminster,  Vt. ;  children  b.  at  Wau- 
watosa.  Wis. ;  res.  Norwich,  Vt.  Children:  i.  Frank  Edwin 
Loveland,  b.  March  13,  1S55.  2.  Laura  Ellen  Loveland,  b.  April 
26,  1857.  3.  Joseph  Henry  Loveland,  b.  March  10,  1858.  4. 
Fanny  Hutchinson,  b.  July  14,  1866. 

Sarah  Ellen  Loveland,  daughter  of  Wm.  and  Sarah  Hutchinson 
Loveland,  great-granddaughter  of  Capt.  Reuben  and  Catherine 
Wright  Smith,  b.  Sept.  18,  1833;  m.  William  H.  Hutchinson;  res. 
Norwich,  Vt. ;  farmer.  Children  b.  at  Norwich.  Ch. :  i.  Louis 
Jerome  Hutchmson,  b.  Sept.  24,  1867.  2.  Charles  Martin  Hutch- 
inson, b.  Feb.  II,  1870.  3.  Joseph  Perkins  Hutchinson,  b.  Nov. 
21,  1872.  4.  William  Loveland  Hutchinson,  b.  Aug.  22,  1875.  5. 
Elsie  May  Hutchinson,  b.  Jan.  9.  1878. 

343.  iii.       MOSES,  b.  Feb.  19,  1719;  m.  Ann  Dickinson  and  Martha  Root. 

344.  iv.       AARON,  b.  March  17,  1722;  m.  Eunice  Frary. 

345.  V.         ELIZABETH,  b.   Jan,  3,-1723;    m.  Feb.   14,  1745.  Capt.   Ebenezer 

Wells,  of  Greenfield,  son  of  Joshua,  b,  1723:  she  d.  May  17,  1784, 
and  he  m..  2d,  Mary  Whipple.  He  was  a  prominent  man  in 
Greenfield,  and  d.  Deerfield,  Jan.  11,  1787.  Ch, :  i.  Obedi- 
ah,  b.  Feb.  5,  1746;  d.  Sept.  19,  1758.  2.  Elizabeth,  b.  Oct.  3, 
1748;  d.  Sept.  15,  1758.     3.  Ebenezer,  b.  June  16,  1750;  m.  Mercy 


Arms.  4.  Daughter,  b.  March  3,  1752;  d.  March  4,  1752.  5. 
Reuben,  b.  May  5,  1753;  m.  Experience  Severance.  6.  Simeon, 
b.  June  30,  1756;  d.  Sept.  16,  1758.  7.  Levi,  b.  July  27,  1758;  m. 
Mehitable  Wells.  8.  Obediah,  b.  Oct.  16,  1760;  m.  Caroline  Grin- 
nell.  9.  Simeon,  b.  Oct.  17,  1762;  m.  Abigail  Stebbins.  10.  Con- 
sider, b.  Jan.  16,  1765;  d.  next  day.  11.  Elizabeth,  b.  July  30, 
1766;  m.  Joseph  Symonds.  12.  Seth,  b.  Oct.  7,  1768;  m.  Polly 

216.  JOSIAH    FIELD   (Samuel,    Zechariah,    John,    John.   Richard.  William. 

William),  b.  Hatfield,  Mass.,  Nov.  5,  1692;  m. Elizabeth .     He  moved  from 

Deerfield  to  Northfield  m  1724.  In  1726  he  sold  his  house  and  moved  to  Connecti- 
cut. In  1718  the  town  of  Northfield  granted  to  Josiah  Field  a  house  lot  and  inter- 
val lands.  As  a  specimen  of  the  way  lands  there  were  disposed  of  by  the  commit- 
tee, the  following  e.Kample  is  quoted : 

"Then  granted  to  Josiah  Field  thirty  acres  of  land,  whereof  ten  or  twelve  acres 
of  meadow  (if  to  be  found);  the  remainder  to  be  a  house  lot  and  upland — all  to  be 
laid  out  conveniently  for  him  bj-  direction  of  the  committee — all  on  condition  of  his 
abode  there  four  years  from  the  above  date." 

The  lots  on  the  west  side  of  the  street  all  join  to  the  brow  of  the  meadow  hill, 
unless  otherwise  specified.  All  were  nominally  sixty  rods  in  length.  Beginning, 
for  the  sake  of  convenience  at  the  lower  end  of  the  street,  lot  No.  i  of  ten  acres, 
bounded  south  on  the  falls  of  Miller's  brook  was  in  1714  common  land.  In  1718  it 
was  granted  to  Josiah  Field.  He  occupied  it  long  enough  to  gain  possession,  and 
March  14,  1726,  then  of  Springfield,  sells  it  to  Benoni  Wright,  and  two  years  later 
Wright  sold  it  to  Capt.  Zechariah  Field.  Res.  Deerfield,  Springfield  and  Northfield, 
Mass.,  and  Somers,  Conn. 

346.  i.         JOSIAH,  b.  Feb.  24,  1724;  m.  Sarah . 

347.  ii.        ELIZABETH,  b.   Sept.  26,  1726;    m.  Dec.  8,  1748,  Joseph  Chapin. 

of  Enfield  and  Somers,  Conn. 

348.  iii.       MARY,   b.    Sept.  11,  1729  (added  in  pencil),  "probably  Thankful; 

m.  Sampson  Wood,  of  Springfield." 

217.  JOSHUA  FIELD  (Samuel,  Zechariah,  John,  John,  Richard,  William. 
William),  b.  Hatfield,  Mass.,  April  g,  1695;  m.  Dec.  15,  1719,  Elizabeth  Cooley, 
daughter  of  Daniel,  of  Springfield,  and  Elizabeth  (Wolcott),  b.  July  23,  i6g6;  d. 
April  8,  1781.  Joshua  Field,  son  of  Samuel  and  Sarah  (Gilbert),  b.  in  Hatfield. 
Mass.  He  settled  first  in  Springfield,  removed  from  there  to  Longmeadow,  and  m 
174S  to  Bolton,  Conn.,  where  he  died.  Joshua  Field  and  Elizabeth  Field  joined  the 
church  in  Bolton  in  1748.  Joshua  Field  d.  Jan.  11,  1783,  of  old  age,  aged  87  years. 
Wife  of  Joshua  Field  d.  April  8,  1781,  of  great  cold,  aged  86  years.  Jonathan  Rey- 
nolds, of  Bolton,  deeded  to  Joshua  Field,  of  Springfield,  Mass. ,  "land  on  both  sides  of 
the  Boston  Road  with  a  mansion  house,"  dated  April.  1744.  Joshua  Field's  deed: 
"In  consideration  of  Parental  love  and  aftection  which  1  have  and  do  bear  unto  my 
son  Nathaniel  Field,  1  give,  etc.,  with  the  buildings,  etc.,  situated  m  the  Township 
of  Bolton."  Dated  Dec.  31,  1754.  He  d.  Jan.  11,  1783;  res.  Springfield  and  Bolton, 

SAMUEL,  b.  Oct.  13,  1720. 

EBENEZER,  b. ,  1722. 

DANIEL,  b. ,  1724.;  ra.  Elizabeth  Cooley. 

ELIZABETH,  b. ,  1726;  m.  June  27,  1745,  Edmond  Bartlett. 

NATHANIEL,  b. ,  1727;  m.  Mary  Goodrich. 

DEACON  JOSEPH  FIELD    (Joseph,  Zechariah,  John,  John,  Richard, 
William,  William),  b.  Sunderland,  Mass..  June  9,  16S9;  m.  Sept.  13,  1716,  Mary  Smith, 













daughter  of  Joseph  and  Canada  (Wait),  b.  Sept,  24,  1697;  d.  March  9,  1767.      He 
removed  in  1714  to  Sunderland,  and  in  1715  he  took  the  allotment  of  his  father.  No. 
12,  on  the  east  side  of  the  street,  which  he  occupied  until  his  death  in  1754.     He  d. 
Feb.  4.  1754;  res.  Sunderland,  Mass. 
354.     i.  ELISHA,  b.  July  i,  1717;  m.  Betty  Pratt. 

355.  ii.        MARY,  b.  May  19,  1719;  m.  March  14,  1754,  Daniel  Clark,  of  Tem- 

pleton;  she  d.  Aug.  15,  1804.     He  was  son  of  Increase,  and  Mary 
was  his  second  wife. 

356.  iii.       ABIGAIL,  b.   Aug.    11,  1721;  m.  April  24,  1745,  Samuel  Field,  of 

Northfield;  she  d.  Nov.  2,  1803, 

357.  iv.        JOSEPH,  b.  Dec.  8,  1723;  m.  Ruth  Parker. 

358.  V.         THANKFUL,  b.  Dec.  9,  1726;  m.  Sept.  15,  1757,  Benjamin  Graves, 

of  Sunderland. 

359.  vi.        MARTHA,  b.  Feb.  27,  1729;  m.  April  21,   1767,  Hezekiah  Belden, 

of  Hatfield  and  Amherst. 

360.  vii.      EXPERIENCE,   b.  April   10.  1732;  m.  Nov.  8,  1759.  Elijah  Clark. 

of  Sunderland. 

361.  viii.     SARAH,  b.  Jan.  16,  1735;  m.  in  Sunderland,   July  17,  1755.  Sergt. 

Simeon  Lyman,  b.  1730.  He  was  son  of  Joshua;  was  sergeant  in 
the  Revolutionary  war;  d.  May  19,  1809;  she  d.  Nov.  28.  1797, 
and  he  m.,  2d,  Mrs.  Molly  (Smith)  Stratton;  res.  Northfield, 
Mass.  Children:  i.  Mary,  b.  May  29,  1756;  m.  Solomon  Holton. 
2.  Persis,  b.  Oct.  7,  1758;  m.  Joseph  Smead,  of  Montague.  3. 
Joshua,  b.  Oct.  12,  1760;  m.  Catherine  Hammond  and  Sally  Hol- 
ton. 4.  Joseph,  b.  Jan.  23.  1763;  m.  Elizabeth  Liscomb.  5.  Sim- 
eon, b.  Dec.  8,  1764;  m.  Diadana  Allen.  6.  Submit,  b.  July  11, 
1767;  m.  Col.  George  Dennison.  7.  Sarah,  b.  Sept.  13,  1769;  m. 
James  Strobridge.  8.  Timothy,  b.  Sept.  22,  1771;  m.  Ruby  Beach. 
9.  Elisha,  b.  Aug.  13,  1772;  d.  young.  10.  Penelope,  b.  July  26, 
1774;  m.  Lieut.  Hezekiah  Mattoon.  11.  Elisha,  b.  Aug.  13,  1778; 
m.  Margaret  Liscomb  and  Rachel  Ames. 

362.  ix.       JONATHAN,  b.  July  30,  1737;  m.  Elizabeth  Cooley. 

363.  X.         ISRAEL,  b.  March  27,  1741;  m. . 

224.  CAPT.  JONATHAN  FIELD  (Joseph,  Zechariah,  John,  John,  Richard, 
"William,  William),  b.  Hatfield,  Mass.,  Oct.  13,  1697;  m.  March  30,  1721,  Mary 
Billings,  daughter  of  Ebenezer  and  Hannah  (Church),  b.  May  24,  1701;  d.  June  3, 
1736;  m.,  2d,  July  25,  1739,  Esther  Smith,  daughter  of  Joseph  and  Canada  (Waite), 
of  Hatfield,  b.  June  2,  1710;  d.  Jan.  12,  1795.  Esther  was  greatly  distinguished  for 
her  industry  and  exemplary  piety.  He  was  the  youngest  son  of  Capt.  Joseph,  and 
was  b.  in  Hatfield;  removed  with  his  father  to  Sunderland  in  1714.  He  moved  to 
Leverett  in  1752,  and  settled  on  Long  Plain,  so  called.  His  sons,  Jonathan,  Seth 
and  William,  purchased  lands  in  the  neighborhood,  which  they  cleared  up  and  con- 
verted into  farms,  and  occupied  the  same  until  their  decease.  He  held  the  commis- 
sion of  captain  in  the  militia  for  many  years,  and  was  noted  for  his  courage  and 
sagacity,  and  distinguished  himself  by  his  services  in  protecting  the  people  in  the 
settlements  of  Leverett  and  Sunderland  from  the  incursions  and  depredations  of 
the  Indians  during  the  French  wars  which  commenced  in  1744  and  terminated  in 
1760.     Little  is  known  of  his  two  daughters. 

Esther  Smith,  the  second  wife  of  Capt.  Jonathan  Field,  was  a  daughter  of 
Joseph  Smith,  of  Hatfield,  and  granddaughter  of  John  Smith,  who  was  killed  by 
the  Indians  in  Hatfield  Meadow,  May  30,  1676,  and  a  great-granddaughter  of  Lieut. 


Samuel  Smith,  an  English  emigrant,  who  came  from  Ipswich,  the  shire  town  of 
Suffolk  county.  England,  in  1634.  He  remained  in  Boston  until  1638,  when  he  re- 
moved to  Weathersfield,  Conn.,  and  from  thence  to  Hadley,  Mass.,  in  1659,  and  was 
one  of  the  sixty  Associates  or  Separatists,  who  purchased  the  Hadley  plantation  in 
165S.  She  was  b.  in  Hatfield  in  1710,  and  d.  in  1794.  She  was  the  mother  ot  Seth 
Field,  and  grandmother  of  Martin  Field.  Her  mother,  Canada  Waite,  wife  of  Joseph 
Smith,  was  the  daughter  of  Benjamin  Waite,  whose  wife  and  three  daughters  were 
of  the  seventeen  captives  taken  by  the  Indians  in  their  attack  on  Hatfield,  Sept.  19, 
1677,  and  carried  to  Canada,  where  she  was  b.  Jan.  22,  1678.  They  were  the  first 
captives  of  English  descent  who  were  taken  to  Canada  during  the  Indian  wars,  and 
her  Christian  name  was  given  to  her  as  a  living  memorial  of  this  captivity  and  the 
place  of  her  birth.  The  wife  ot  Stephen  Jennings,  who  was  taken  captive  at  the 
same  time  gave  birth  to  a  daughter,  who  was  b.  March  14,  1678.  The  child  was 
named  Captivity,  and  the  two  daughters  were  ever  afterwards  called  the  "Canada 
Babes."  Benjamin  Waite  and  Stephen  Jennings  were  men  of  great  energy  and  per- 
severance, and  undertook  to  redeem  their  wives  and  children  and  the  other  captives. 
They  obtained  a  commission  from  the  Colonial  Government  of  Massachusetts, 
and  left  Hatfield  on  the  24th  day  of  October,  for  Canada,  by  the  way  of  Albany. 
The  officials  at  Albany  frowned  upon  the  enterprise  and  represented  it  as 
hazardous  and  hopeless,  and  after  they  had  reached  Schenectady,  they  were  brought 
back  forcibly  to  Albany  and  went  down  the  river  to  New  York  to  Governor  Andros. 
Through  the  intercession  of  one  Captain  Brockhurst,  they  were  sent  back  to  Albany 
with  a  pass,  and  reached  there  Nov.  19.  They  then  hired  a  Mohawk  Indian  to 
guide  them  to  Lake  George.  This  friendly  Indian  fitted  up  a  canoe  for  them,  made 
a  rudely  executed  diagram  of  Lakes  George  and  Champlain,  to  guide  them  on  their 
journey.  They  sailed  down  Lake  George  to  its  outlet,  carried  their  canoe  on  their 
backs  to  Lake  Champlain,  and  reached  Chambly  January  6,  1678.  They 
were  ignorant  of  the  country,  being  the  first  New  England  men  who  had  ever 
passed  over  Lakes  George  and  Champlain  to  Canada.  At  Sorell  and  vicinity  they 
found  the  captives.  The  French  governor  at  Quebec,  Count  De  Frontenac,  treated 
them  civilly  and  kindly,  and  granted  them  a  guard  of  eleven  men  to  accompany 
them  and  the  captives  whom  they  had  redeemed  to  Albany,  which  they  reached 
May  22.  1678.  The  following  is  the  plain  unstudied  letter  written  by 
Benjamin  Waite  to  the  people  of  Hatfield,  after  reaching  Albany: 

"To  my  loving  Friends  and  Kindred  in  Hatfield:  These  few  lines  are  to  let  you 
understand  that  we  are  arrived  at  Albany  now  with  the  captives,  and  that  we  stand 
in  need  of  assistance,  for  my  charges  is  very  great  and  heavy  and  therefore  any 
that  have  any  love  to  our  condition,  let  it  move  them  to  come  and  help  us  in  this 
strait.  Three  of  the  captives  are  murdered — old  Goodman  Plimpton,  Samuel  Foot's 
daughter,  Samuel  Russell;  all  the  rest  are  alive  and  well  and  now  at  Albany, 
namely,  Obadiah  Dickinson  and  his  child,  Mary  Foote  and  her  child,  Hannah  Jen- 
nings and  three  children,  Abigail  AUis,  Abigail  Bartholomew,  Goodman  Coleman's 
children,  Samuel  Kellogg,  my  wife  and  four  children,  and  Quintin  Stockwell.  I  pray 
you  hasten  the  matter,  for  it  requireth  great  haste ;  stay  not  for  the  Sabbath  nor  the 
shoeing  of  horses.  We  shall  endeavor  to  meet  you  at  Canterhook  ^Kinderhook),  it 
may  be  at  Housatonick.  We  must  come  softly  because  of  our  wives  and  children. 
I  pray  you  hasten  them,  stay  not  night  nor  day.  for  the  matter  requireth  haste; 
bring  provisions  with  you  for  us.  At  Albany,  written  from  mine  own  hand,  as  I 
have  affected  to  you  all  that  were  fatherless,  be  affected  to  me  now  and  hasten  the 
matter,  and  stay  not,  and  ease  me  of  my  charges.  You  shall  not  need  be  afraid 
of  any  enemies.  Your  loving  kinsman, 

Benjamin  Waite. 


They  remained  in  Albany  five  days,  and  on  May  27,  started  and  walked  twenty- 
two  miles  to  Kinderhook,  when  they  met  men  and  horses  from  Hatfield.  They 
rode  through  the  woods  and  reached  Hatfield  in  safety.  The  captives  had  been  ab- 
sent eight  months,  and  Waite  and  Jennings  seven  months.  The  day  ot  their  arrival 
was  one  of  the  most  joyful  days  that  Hatfield  ever  knew.  The  ransom  of  the  captives 
exceeded  two  hundred  pounds,  and  was  collected  by  contributions  from  the  English. 
On  May  27,  the  governor  and  council  appointed  June  26  as  a  day  of  fasting,  humilia- 
tion and  prayer,  and  May  30  they  issued  an  additional  order  recommending  the  case  of 
Benjamin  Waite  and  the  captives  for  relief  to  the  pious  charity  of  the  people  of  the 
several  towns  in  the  colony,  desiring  the  ministers  on  the  fast  day  to  "stir  up"  the 
people  to  contribute  for  the  relief  of  the  captives.  And  for  "quickening  the  work" 
copies  of  Benjamin  Waite's  letter  were  remitted  to  the  ministers  to  be  publicly  read  on 
the  aforesaid  fast  day.  Canada  Waite  was  the  grandmother  of  the  late  Oliver  Smith, 
of  Hatfield,  who  was  distinguished  for  his  great  wealth,  and  the  munificent  trusts 
he  created  under  his  will  for  the  benefit  of  the  poor  and  indigent  in  several  towns 
in  Hampshire  and  Franklin  counties  in  Massachusetts.  Sophia  Smith,  who  founded 
and  endowed  the  female  college  at  Northampton  was  a  niece  of  Oliver  Smith  and 
great-granddaughter  of  Joseph  Smith  and  Canada  Waite.  There  is  nothing  in  the 
tales  of  the  Colonial  Indian  Wars  more  affecting  than  the  story  of  the  efforts  of 
Benjamin  Waite  to  procure  the  ransom  of  his  wife  and  children  from  captivity,  or 
more  touching  and  thrilling  than  his  letter  addressed  to  "his  loving  friends  and 
kindred  at  Hatfield."  This  letter  and  the  account  ot  the  hazardous  journey  of 
Waite  and  Jennings  to  Canada  reads  like  a  tale  of  the  Crusaders.  Bishop  Hunting- 
ton, in  his  address  at  the  bi-centennial  celebration  in  1859  of  the  first  settlement  of 
Hadley  in  1659,  well  said  in  relating  the  story  of  the  attack  on  Hatfield  by  the 
Indians,  that  the  names  of  Benjamin  Waite  and  his  companion  in  their  perilous 
journey  through  the  wilderness  to  Canada  should  "be  memorable  in  all  the  sad  or 
happy  homes  of  this  valley  forever."  The  descendants  of  Capt.  Jonathan  Field 
deem  themselves  honored  that  through  Canada  Waite,  the  child  of  captivity,  they 
can  trace  their  lineage  to  Benjamin  Waite,  and  they  feel  as  though  they  had  a 
direct  family  interest  in  the  memories  of  his  strong  and  loving  soul  and  Christian 
heroism.  Benjamin  Waite  was  killed  by  the  Indians  at  Deerfield,  Feb.  29,  1704,  at 
the  time  of  the  destruction  of  the  town  by  the  French  and  Indians  under  Hertel 
De  Rouville.  Canada  Waite  was  married  to  Joseph  Smith,  of  Hatfield,  Dec.  15, 
1696,  and  died  May  5,  1749.  Her  husband,  Joseph  Smith,  was  born  Nov.  16,  1670, 
and  died  Feb.  6,  1752. 

About  1750,  settlements  were  commenced  in  different  part  of  the  present  town 
of  Leverett  by  Nathan  Aaams,  Moses  Graves,  Solomon  Gould,  Elisha  Clary,  Joseph 
Clary,  Joel  Smith,  Moses  Smith,  Jeremiah  Woodbury,  Joseph  Hubbard,  Isaac  Mar- 
shal, Jonathan    Hubbard,   Richard  Montague, Wilde,    and    Absalom    Scott. 

Montague  settled  in  the  north  part  of  the  town ;  Adams,  Joel  Smith,  Gould  and 
Graves  in  the  south  part;  Elisha  and  Joseph  Clary  at  the  foot  of  Cave  Hill;  Jona- 
than Hubbard  in  the  eastern  part,  and  Joseph  Hubbard  on  the  farm  now  owned  by 
Sawyer  Field,  near  the  east  side  ot  the  fish  pond.  The  latter  was  probably  the  first 
settler  in  the  town.  Josiah  Cowls.  Jonathan  Field,  Stephen  Ashley,  and  Jonathan 
Field,  3d,  settled  soon  afterwards  on  Long  Plain,  in  the  southwest  part  of  the  town, 
and  Joseph  Bartlett  on  "brushy  mountain."  Leverett  was  originally  a  part  of  Sun- 
derland, and  a  petition  of  its  residents  laid  before  that  town  at  its  March  meeting 
in  1773,  praying  for  liberty  to  be  set  oft  into  a  new  town,  for  the  common  lands 
within  its  boundaries,  and  an  equitable  proportion  of  the  town  property,  doubtless 
contained  the  names  of  all  who  were  then  settled  within  the  present  boundaries  of 


Mr.  Field  d.  March  31,  1781 ;  res.  Sunderland  and  Leverett,  Mass. 

364.  i.         EUNICE,  b.  March  12,  1723;  m.  John  Ballard,  of  Sunderland. 

365.  ii.        JOANNA,  b.    Dec.    11,    1725;    m.   Jan.  31.  1753,   Daniel  Graves,  ot 

Brimfield.     Ch. :     i.  Persis;  m.  Eli  Parsons;  2  Gideon;  3  Sibyl. 

366.  iii.       LYDIA,   b.   Jan.    i,    1731;    m.   Nov.  20,   1750,  Thomas  Chapin.  of 

Springfield,  and,  2d,  March  14,  1814,  John  Amsden,  of  Deerfield ; 
she  d.  March  11,  1814. 

367.  iv.       MARY,  b.  July  11,  1734;  m.  July  5,  1754,  Seth  Warner,  of  Sunder- 

land; m.,  2d,  Nov.  21.  1771,  Miles  Alexander,  of  Sunderland  and 
Northfield.  Seth  Warner  was  b.  Sept.  29,  1729;  d.  jNIay  14,  1769; 
she  d.  Feb.  21,  1829.  Their  son  Eleazer  Warner,  b.  Sept.  20, 
1755,  m.  Elizabeth  Belden;  d.  Aug.  9,  1837;  he  d.  Dec.  8,  1829. 
Their  daughter  Martha  Warner,  b.  April  10,  1784,  m.  Caleb  Mon- 
tague; b.  July  7,  1781;  d.  Oct.  28,  1825;  she  d.  March  13,  1876. 
Their  daughter  Fanny  E.  Montague,  b.  Aug.  29,  1824,  m.  Henry 
S.  Stockbridge,  b.  Aug.  31,  1822;  d.  March  11,  1895.  Henry 
Stockbridge,  lawyer,  b.  in  North  Hadley,  Mass.,  Aug.  31,  1822, 
was  originally  named  Henry  Smith  Stockbridge;  but  he  dropped 
the  Smith  in  early  manhood.  He  was  graduated  at  Amherst  in 
1845,  ^Q<i  studied  law  in  Baltimore,  where  he  was  admitted  to  the 
bar  May  i,  1848,  and  has  since  practiced  his  profession.  During 
the  Civil  war  he  was  a  special  district  attorney  to  attend  to  the 
business  of  the  War  Department,  and  m  1864  as  a  member  of  the 
legislature  he  drafted  the  act  that  convened  a  constitutional  con- 
vention for  the  abolition  of  slavery  in  the  state.  He  took  an  active 
part  in  the  proceedings  of  the  convention,  and  defended  the  con- 
stitution that  it  adopted  before  the  court  of  last  resort.  Afterward 
he  instituted  and  successfully  prosecuted  in  theUnited  States  courts 
proceedings  by  which  were  annulled  the  indentures  of  apprentice- 
ship by  which  it  was  sought  to  evade  the  emancipation  clause.  Mr. 
Stockbridge  thus  practically  secured  the  enfranchisement  of  more 
than  10,000  colored  children.  He  was  judge  of  the  circuit  court  for 
Baltimore  county  in  1865,  a  delegate  to  the  Loyalists'  convention  in 
1866,  and  vice-president  of  the  National  Republican  convention  of 
1868.  Mr.  Stockbridge  has  been  for  twenty  years  editor  of  the  Fund 
publications  of  the  Maryland  Historical  Society,  of  which  he  is 
vice-president,  and  he  is  the  author  of  publication  No.  22,  "The 
Archives  of  Maryland"  (Baltimore,  1886);  besides  various  contri- 
butions to  magazines.  His  son,  Henry  W.,  of  Baltimore,  Md.,  b.  in 
that  city,  Sept.  18,  1856,  graduated  at  Amherst  College  in  1877, 
and  from  the  law  department  of  the  University  of  Maryland  in 
1878.  In  the  same  year  he  was  admitted  to  the  bar  and  at  once 
began  the  practice  of  law  in  connection  with  his  father.  In  18S2 
was  appointed  one  ot  the  examiners  in  chancery,  and  discharged 
the  duties  of  this  position  till  March,  1889.  In  1887,  upon  the  death 
of  Major  Randolph,  he  became  one  ot  the  editors  ot  the  Baltimore 
American,  and  continued  in  this  employment  until  March,  1S89, 
when,  having  been  elected  to  the  Fifty-first  Congress,  he  retired  to 
devote  his  attention  to  his  congressional  duties.  He  declined  a 
renomination  for  Congress  in  1890,  and  in  i8gr  was  appointed 
Commissioner  of  Immigration  at  the  port  of  Baltimore,  and  un- 
dertook the  work  of  organizing  at  this  port  the  inspection  of  im- 




migrants.  He  resigned  as  immigration  commissioner  on  March 
3>  1893.^  From  the  time  ot  the  expiration  of  his  congressional 
term  he  resumed  actively  the  practice  of  the  legal  profession,  and 
became  counsel  for  several  large  corporations.  In  i8q6  he  was 
elected  as  an  associate  judge  of  the  Supreme  Bench  of  Baltimore 
city,  and  has  since  been  discharging  the  duties  of  that  position; 
m.  Jan.  5,  i88a,  Helen  Maria,  daughter  of  Chester  Smith,  of  Hadley, 
Mass.  Ch. :  i.  Henry,  b.  Dec.  21,  1885.  2.  Enos  Smith,  b.  Mays,  1888. 
Arms:  Argent,  on  a  chevron  azure  three 
crescents  or.  Crest:  Out  of  a  cloud  two 
dexter  hands  in  armor  conjoined,  holding 
up  a  heart  inflamed  all  proper.  Res. :  11  N. 
Calhoun  street,  Baltimore,  ]\Id.  Societies: 
Maryland  Historical,  American  Historical, 
Colonial  Wars,  Sons  of  the  Revolution, 
Founders  and  Patriots. 

368.  v.         SETH,  b.  March  13,  1741;  m.  Mary  Hubbard 

and  Mrs.  Margery  (Knowlton)  Lotheridge. 

369.  vi.       WILLIAM,    b.    Aug.    27,   1745;    m.   Dorothy 

Kellogg  and  Editha  Tracy. 

370.  vii.      ESTHER,  b.   Feb.   6,  1743;  m.  Feb.  9,  1764. 

Joseph    Bodman,    of    Williamsburgh.      She 
d.  1720. 

371.  viii.     JONATHAN,    b.    Aug.    15,    1750;   m.    Sarah 


372.  ix.        EDITHA,  b.  Dec.  — ,  1767;    m.  April  23,  1767,  Giles  Hubbard,  ot 


373.  X.         MOSES,  b.  Sept.  17,  1754;  m.  Mary  Spellman. 

374.  xi.       DAUGHTER,  b.  March  7,  1740;  d.  March  7,  1740. 

229.  CAPTAIN  JOHN  FIELD  (John,  John.  William,  John,  Richard.  William, 
William),  b.  Providence,  R.  I.,  Feb.  20.  1671;  m..  November,  1697.  Elizabeth  Ames, 
dau.  of  John,  b.  Sept.  6,  1680;  d.  1739;  was  res.  in  Bridgewater  and  returned  to 
Providence  in  1 749. 

He  married  Elizabeth,  daughter  of  John  Ames,  of  Bridgewater.  He  moved  to 
Providence  in  1730,  and  died  in  1758,  aged  eighty-seven.  His  wife  died  in  1739  aged 
fifty-eight.  John  Field,  son  of  John  Field,  born  in  1704;  died  in  1729;  aged  twenty- 

Removed  to  Providence  about  1730-31.     Admitted  freeman  1731. 

B.  2,  458.     To  cousin  Daniel,  Nov.  2,  1714. 

B.  4,  183.     To  Benjamin  Whipple,  June  4,  1720. 

B.  8,  203.     To  James  Edwards,  Oct.  24,  1729. 

B.  308.     From  Peleg  Williams,  May  21,  1730. 

B.  g,  16.  From  Greenes  (several),  Oct.  12,  1731,  right  of  John  Greene,  of  W^ar- 
wick,  to  land  in  Providence,  Smith  field,  Scituate  and  Gloucester.     Important  deed. 

B.  9,  17.     To  Jonathan  Whipple,  Oct.  14,  1731,  400  acres  in  Gloucester. 

B.  9,  79.     To  Daniel  Smith,  Jan.  5,  1731-32. 

B.  9,  187.     To  Elizabeth  Snow,  July  22,  1732. 

B.  9,  278.  To  Thomas  Steere.  Feb.  28,  1733-34,  thatch  in  Cove  on  Woonasqua- 
tucket  river,  which  belonged  to  grandfather  John  Field. 

B.  9,  297.     From  Thomas  Steere,  Feb,  28,  1733-34,  Thatch  in  Hawkins'  Cove. 

B.  A 10,  57.     To  John  Walton,  June  9,  1736. 

B.  A 10,  63.     To  Joseph  Snow,  Jr.,  Sept.   i,  1736. 


B.  Aio,  137.     To  John  Hawkins. 

B.  Aio,  330.     To  Shadrach  Manton,  Nov.  13,  1735. 

B.  An,  213.     To  Benjamin  Gorham,  1740. 

B.  A12,  381.     To  Elizabeth  Snow,  May  31,  1750,  Benedicts  Pond. 

B.  441.     To  James,  April  10.  1751,  land  ot  grandfather  John. 

Will  of  John  Field  (Capt.)— Providence  Probate  Docket,  Vol.  i,  No^  A708.  Will 
book  5,  p.  156.  In  the  Name  ot  God.  Amen,  I  John  Field  of  Providence  its^-e  County 
of  Providence  in  ye  Colony  of  Rhode  Island  &c.  being  ancient  ot  an  Infirnr  Constitu- 
tion, but  of  Sound  Memory,  Blessed  be  God,  do  make  and  Publish  this  my  Last  Will 
and  Testament  in  manner  following  that  is  to  Say — 

Imprimis,  I  give  and  devise  to  my  Grandson  John  Field  all  my  Homestead 
Lands  and  Buildings  whereon  I  now  Dwell  (excepting  a  Small  Lot  of  Land  fifty  foot 
front,  and  one  Hundred  foot  Back,  Joyning  to  the  Highway,  which  I  shall  herein- 
after give  to  my  Grandson  James  Field)  and  the  Land  and  Meadow  which  I  pur- 
chased of  Peleg  Williams,  lying  on  the  North  Side  of  the  Highway  opposite  against 
m}'  Dwellmg  House,  and  also  all  that  my  Tract  of  Land  lying  on  the  Plain,  on  the 
South  Easterly  Side  of  the  Highway  that  leads  from  Providence  Town  to  that  part 
called  Moshanticutt,  adjoyning  to  the  Pond,  called  Long  Pond;  all  the  above  men- 
tioned Lands,  Buildings  and  Appurtenances  to  be  and  remain  unto  my  Said  Grand- 
son John  Field,  his  Heirs  and  Assigns  for  ever,  being  in  Providence  and  Cranston 
in  ye  County  aforesaid 

Item,  I  give  and  Devise  unto  my  Grandson  James  Field,  a  Small  Lot  of  Land, 
lying  adjoyning  to  the  Lands  of  Joseph  Snow,  a  little  Northwestwardly  from  my 
Dwelling  House,  adjoyning  to  the  Highway,  bounded  Northwestwardly  on  Said 
Snow's  Land,  on  which  it  measures  One  Hundred  Feet,  &  North  Eastwardly  on  the 
Highway  on  which  it  measures  Fifty  Feet,  (this  Lot  is  intended  to  be  Fifty  Feet 
wide  in  all  parts)  and  to  hold  the  Breadth  of  Fifty  Feet,  extends  back  Southwest- 
wardly  One  Hundred  Feet,  where  it  terminates;  and  also  all  that  my  Tract  or  Par- 
cel of  Land,  lying  on  the  Northwestwardly  Side  of  the  Highway  that  leads  from 
Providence  Town,  towards  Moshanticutt  aforesaid,  adjoyning  to  the  Pond,  called 
and  known  by  the  Name  of  Benedict's  Pond,  all  to  be  and  remain  unto  him  my 
Said  Grandson  James  Field,  and  to  his  Heirs  and  Assigns  for  ever,  being  partly  in 
Providence,  and  partly  in  Cranston  in  said  County 

Item,  as  to  all  the  rest  and  remaining  Part  of  my  Lands  both  divided  and  undi- 
vided, allotted  or  not  allotted,  lying  and  being  in  the  Towns  of  Providence  and 
Smithfifcld  in  the  County  of  Providence,  within  the  Original  Purchase  of  Providence 
and  elsewhere,  I  give  and  devise  the  same  unto  my  said  Two  Grandsons  John 
Field,  and  James  Field,  to  be  equally  divided  betwixt  them,  and  to  be  and  remain 
unto  them,  their  Heirs  and  Assigns  respectively  forever 

Item,  I  give  and  bequeath  unto  my  said  Two  Grandsons  John  Field  and  James 
Field  all  my  Husbandry  Tools  and  Tackling  of  all  sorts,  and  my  Carpenters  Tools 
to  be  equally  divided  betwixt  them 

Item,  I  give  to  my  Grandson  John  Field  my  biggest  pair  of  Hand-Irons,  and 
one  Feather  Bed  and  Furniture  thereto  belonging 

Item,  I  give  to  my  Grandson,  James  Field  a  pair  of  Hand-Irons 

Item,  I  give  and  bequeath  unto  my  Three  Daughters  viz.  Elizabeth  Snow, 
Sarah  Howard  and  Susanna  Keith,  Two  Feather  Beds  &  Furniture  to  them  belong- 
ing, and  One  Hundred  Pounds  in  Bills  of  Credit  old  Tenor,  to  be  divided  amongst 
them  in  this  manner,  that  is  to  say,  Two  of  my  said  three  Daughters  to  have  a  Bed 
and  Furniture,  each  of  them,  and  the  other  of  my  said  Daughters  that  hath  not  a 
Bed,  to  have  the  said  Hundred  Pounds  ia  Bills  of  the  Old  Tenor  in  Lieu  thereof,  as 
they  shall  agree 


Item,  I  give  and  bequeath  unto  the  Children  of  ray  Sister  Elizabeth  Briggs,  and 
the  Children  of  my  Sister  Lydia  Mandly.  the  Sum  of  Ninety  Pounds  in  Bills  of 
Credit  of  the  Old  Tenor,  to  be  equally  divided  amongst  Such  ot  my  said  Sister's 
Children  as  are  Surviving 

Item,  I  give  to  my  Nephews,  Anthony,  Jonah,  Jeremiah  and  Samuel  Steers, 
and  to  my  Neice  Loranna  Coman,  Ten  Pounds  to  each  ot  them  in  Bills  of  Credit  of 
the  Old  Tenor 

Item,  I  give  and  bequeath  unto  Mary  Snow  of  Providence,  Single  Woman,  for 
and  in  Consideration  of  her  Care  and  Industry,  Since  She  hath  kept  my  House,  the 
Sum  of  Ten  pounds  in  Bills  ot  Credit,  Old  Tenor,  exclusive  of  her  Wages 

Item,  as  to  all  the  rest  and  remaining  part  of  my  Personal  and  Moveable  Estate, 
that  shall  remain  after  my  Just  Debts,  Legacys,  funeral  Charges  and  other  Ex- 
penses are  duly  paid,  I  give  the  Same  to  my  aforesaid  Three  Daughters,  Elizabeth 
Snow,  Sarah  Howard  and  Susanna  Keith,  and  my  aforesaid  Two  Grandsons  John 
Field  and  James  Field  to  be  equally  divided  amongst  them  respectively 

Item,  as  to  my  Negro  man  Jeffery.  I  do  hereby  Order,  and  my  Will  is,  that  he 
Shall  Chuse  which  of  my  Children  or  Grandchildren  he  Shall  think  proper  to  live 
with,  and  so  far  give  him  his  Time  as  to  chuse  any  ot  them,  or  any  other  Person  as 
he  thinks  proper  to  take  him,  provided  they,  that  he  Shall  So  chuse.  give  Bond  to 
keep  my  Heirs,  Executors,  and  Administrators  from  all  Cost,  Charge  and  Trouble, 
that  Shall  from  thence  accrue  by  reason  of  Said  negroe  Jeffery's  Maintenance;  and 
in  case  none  of  my  Said  Children  Shall  See  cause  to  accept  ot  Said  negroe,  then  he 
Shall  be  kept  and  maintained  by  my  executor  hereafter  named 

Item,  I  do  hereby  Order,  and  it  is  my  Will,  that  all  my  Just  Debts  and  Legacys 
before  mentioned  and  other  Expenses,  Shall  be  paid  by  my  Executor  out  of  my 
Personal  Estate  and  I  do  hereby  Name  ordain  and  Appoint  and  make,  my  aforesaid 
Grandson  John  Field  my  Sole  Executor  of  this  my  Last  Will  and  Testament,  to  pay 
all  my  Just  Debts  and  Legacys  and  perform  this  my  Last  Will  and  Testament 

In  Witness  and  Confirmation  whereof  I  do  hereunto  Set  my  Hand  and  Seal,  the 
Twenty-Sixth  Day  of  June  in  the  Year  ot  Our  Lord  One  Thousand  Seven  Hundred 
and  Fifty-tour 

After  the  aforewritten  Jnstrument  being  publickly  Read  to  the  above  named 
John  Field  it  was  by  him.  Signed,  Sealed,  published  and  declared  to  be  his  Last 
Will  and  Testament,  in  the  Presence  of  us  the  Subscribers 

Be  it  remembered,  that  "the  Lot  to  be  fifty  foot  wide  in  all  "parts"  in  one  place, 
and  the  words  "one  feather  Bed  and  "Furniturethereto  belonging"  in  another 
place,  was  interlined  before  Signing  and  Executing  these  Presents 

And  be  it  also  remembered,  that  1  have  heretofore  Sold  &  conveyed  unto  my 
Grandson  John  Field  all  my  Stock  of  Cattle,  Sheep  and  all  Sorts  of  Quick  Stock ; 
and  that  1  have  heretofore  given  unto  my  Grandsan  James  Field  the  Sum  of  Four 
Thousand  Pounds  old  Tenor,  and  Several  Deeds  of  Gifts  of  Lands  and  that  the 
words  "partly  in  Providence  and  partly  "in  Cranston"  in  two  places,  was  interlined 
before  Executing  hereof 

Solomon  Searl  his 

Ezekiel  Williams  John    X     Field     l.  s. 

Richard  Waterman  mark 

Proved  April  5th.  1757. 

He  died  in  1757.     Res.,  Bridgewater,  Mass.,  and  Providence,  R.  I. 

375.  i.  ELIZABETH,  b.  Aug.  4,  1698;  m,  in  Providence,  Joseph  Snow,  b. 
Sept.  6,  1690.  Joseph  Snow  was  born  in  Bridgewater;  died  in 
Providence,  July  23,  1773:  son  ot  Joseph  Snow;  b.  1668;  d.  1753; 
m.    Hopestill  ;  son  of  William  Snow  and  Rebecca  (Backer 


Snow,  dau.  of  Robert  Backer  and  Lucy  (Williams)  Backer,  ot 
Duxbury.  Ch. : 
I.  Joseph,  b.  March  26,  1715;  m.,  ist,  Nov.  i,  1737,  Sarah  Field, 
dau.  of  Zachariah  and  Abigail  Field  b.  Aug.  9.  17 10;  d. 
July  9,  1753.  He  m.,  2d,  March  14,  1754,  Rebecca  Grant,  of  Bos- 
ton; she  d.  Sept.  30,  1774.  He  m.,  3d,  Oct.  24,  1775,  Mrs.  Mar- 
garet Proctor.  Ch.  (by  first  wife):  a.  Sarah,  b.  Oct  27,  1738; 
d.  April  23,  1752.  b.  John,  b.  Feb.  3,  1740;  m.,  Feb.  14,  1799, 
Eliza  Snow,  dau.  of  John.  c.  Joseph,  b.  Sept.  22,  1741;  d.  Oct. 
10,  1741.  4.  Joseph,  b.  Sept.  2,  1742;  m.,  March  7,  1773,  Sarah 
Noyes,  dau.  of  Jonathan  Badger.  Ch. :  i.  William,  ii.  Oliver, 
ill.  Margaret.  This  family  are  to  be  found  in  its  descendants  of 
Penn  Yann,  N.  Y.  e.  Lydia,  b.  Jan.  3,  1744;  d.  March  22,  1763  (or 
1766?).  f.  Susannah,  b.  Oct.  14,  i745;m.,  Dec.  23,  1764,  Dr.  Samuel 
Carew;  d.  March  22,  1766.  g.  Elizabeth,  b.  Oct.  10,  1747;  m., 
July  9,  1774,   Zabdiel  Rogers,     h.  Abigail,    b.    March   26.    1749; 

d.  Aug.  10,  1752.      i.  Josiah,  b.  Feb.  24,   1750;  m. .      Ch.  by 

2d  wife:  j.  Rebecca,  b.  Feb.  13,  1756.  k.  Samuel,  b.  Aug.  10, 
1758:  m.  May  18,  1781,  Frances  Wanton,  dau.  of  Capt.  Peter  and 
Elizabeth  Gardiner  Wanton.  He  was  member  ot  the  Cincinnati ; 
lieutenant  in  Revolution.  Ch. :  i.  Peter;  captain  of  infantry. 
Continental  army.  He  d.  May  13,  1838.  1.  Edward,  b.  May 
9,  1760.  m.  Benjamin,  b.  Dec.  6,  1761;  m.,  ist,  Sally  Rogers, 
dau.  ot  Theophilus,  of  Norwich,  Conn.,  b.  Jan.  26,  1761;  d. 
April  8,  1788;  m.,  2d,  Sarah  Otis,  dau.  of  Joseph,  of  Norwich, 
Conn.  Ch. :  i.  Hamilton  Rogers,  b.  Nov.  7  1786;  d.  April  7,  1789. 
ii.  Frances,  b.  May  22,  1790.  iii.  Maria,  b.  Dec.  19.  1791:  d.  Feb. 
8,  1795.  iv.  Caroline  M.,  b.  Sept.  24,  1793:  ni.  R.  M.  Field;  d. 
1843.  V.  Charles  Knox,  b.  May  5,  1796.  vi.  Samuel  Edward,  b. 
March  5,  1798.  vii.  Maria  L.  b.  July  9,  1800;  d.  Aug.  18,  1824. 
viii.  Sarah  Ann.  b."  Aug.  10,  1802;  m.  J.  L.  Hubbard;  d.  March 
29,  1820.  ix.  Rebecca  Monroe,  b.  June  11,  1805;  m.  J.  Hunting- 
ton, of  Norwich,  d.  Sept.  3,   1839.     He  d.  March  23,  1849. 

Joseph  Snow  was  pastor  of  Beneficient  Congregational  Church 
from  1743  till  death.     He  d.  April  10,  1803, 

2.  John,  b.  April  19,   1717;  d.   Dec.   3,  1738. 

3.  Elizabeth,  b.  May,  4,  1719;  m.,  ist,  Jan.  12,  1736,  John 
Field,  son  of  Zachariah  and  Abigail,  b.  1708;  d.  April  5,  1738. 
Ch. :  John  Field,  b.  1738;  d.  Aug.  29,  1808;  m.  Abigail  Covy, 
March  21,  1761,  who  died  May  19,  1820,  aged  eighty-five. 
M.,  2d,  Ezra  Dean  and  moved  to  Plainfield,  Conn.  She  d.  Dec. 
18,  1750. 

4.  Susannah,  b.  Dec.  12,  1721;  m.  March  19,  1741,  Matthew 
Short;  d.  Feb.  18,  1743. 

5.  Sarah,  b.  Feb.  4,  1723 ;  is  said  to  have  married  John  Jenckes; 
d.  Jan.  8,  1745. 

6.  Daniel,  b.  Oct.  2,  1727;  m.  Jan.  11,  1767,  Sarah  Searle,  dau. 
ot  Solomon  and  Elizabeth  Gladding  Searle  (she  was  dau.  ot  Wil- 
liam^and  Mary),  b.  Oct.  15,  1738;  d.  1821.  By  records  of  Provi- 
dence he  also  married  Feb.  6,  1749,  Elizabeth  Searle,  dau.  of 
Solomon.  Sarah  and  Elizabeth  were  both  living  in  1810.  Ch. : 
Elizabeth,  Susannah,  Lydia,  Daniel,  Rebecca  and  Sarah.     Chil- 



dren  of    Daniel  and    Elizabeth:      Daniel,  bap,  April  20,    1751. 
Samuel,  bap.  June  3,  1753.     He  d.  Nov.   17,  1784. 

7.  James,  b.  Dec.  30,  1729-30;  m.,  March  26,  1755,  Hannah 
Searle,  dau.  of  Solomon  and  Elizabeth  (Gladding)  Searle,  b.  June 
10.  1733;  d.  Nov.  14,  1823.  Ch. :  James,  Daniel,  Mary,  Joseph, 
John  Samuel,  Edward,  Sarah  and  Hannah.  James  Snow,  cap- 
tain m  Fourth  company  Providence  militia  in  1776-80,  was 
either  he  or  his  son.  (See  Col.  Rec.  ot  R.  L.  vol.  vii,  viii,  Reg. 
Orders  R.  I.  Hist.  Soc,  June  11,  1778;  Rev.  Defenses  of  R.  I., 
by  Edward  Field.)     Had.  Oct.   18,   1812. 

8.  Mary,  b.  April  20,  1733.  She  was  probably  the  first  child 
of  Joseph  Snow  to  be  bom  in  Providence.  Her  father  was  deacon 
of  First  Congregational  church.  He  is  called  deacon  in  the  His- 
tory of  Easton,  Mass.,  and  perhaps  his  title  was  at  first  com- 
plimentary.    She  d.   Feb.   12,   1751. 

9.  Lydia,  b,  Feb.  8,  1735;  d.  Dec.  10,  1738. 

10.  John,  b.  April  19,  1739.  No  trace  of  him,  unless  he  is 
the  one  who  married  Mary  Thurston,  of  Newport.  (See  Redwood 
Family  Gen.) 

Joseph  Snow,  Sr.,  appears  to  have  been  a  cantankerous  person 
whose  specialty  was  a  stirring  up  church  rows.  He  lived  in 
Easton,  Mass.,  and  in  "Chaffins"  book,  on  that  town,  you  will 
find  some  record  of  him.  After  his  removal  to  Providence  he 
became  involved  in  a  controversy  at  the  First  Congregational 
church,  and  because  of  the  teaching  of  "damnable  good  works" 
that  the  minister  indulged  in,  Mr.  Snow  withdrew  and  estab- 
lished a  congregation  with  his  son  as  pastor  on  the  west  side  of 
the  town.  (See  "Staples'  Annals  of  Providence,"  "The  Beneficent 
Church,"  by  Rev.  J.  G.  Vose.)  The  funeral  sermon  of  the  Rev. 
Joseph  Snow  was  preached  by  Rev.  Stephen  Gano,  from  the  text, 
"I  have  fought  a  good  fight."  A  copy  of  this  is  in  the  Brown 
University  library.  Mr.  Snow  continued  as  pastor  until  his  death, 
but  in  his  later  years  he  withdrew  from  the  church  founded  by 
his  father,  and  established  a  third  Congregational  church.  The 
reason  of  this  change  is  to  be  found  in  the  growing  popularity 
of  the  Rev.  James  Wilson,  called  to  be  his  assistant.  Old  Mr. 
Snow  could  not  see  his  own  growing  decrepitude,  and  was 
oflEended  at  the  people  who  preferred  the  younger  man.  Mr. 
Snow  took  with  him  the  records  of  the  church  that  he  had  kept 
with  great  care  and  attention  and  many  of  the  dates  here 
can  be  verified  by  consultation  with  the  original  record  now  in 
the  custody  of  the  Union  Congregational  Society.  A  picture  of 
Rev.  Joseph  Snow  was  printed  some  years  ago  in  Dr.  Vose's 
"Beneficent  Church." 

James  Snow,  his  brother,  was  captain  of  Fourth  company  of 
Providence  militia  in  1 776-1 778.  See  Edward  Field's  "Rev. 
Defenses  of  Rhode  Island."  Pay  abstract  on  file  at  State  House, 
Rhode  Island.  Reg.  Orders  R.  I.  Hist.  Soc.  "Col.  Rec.  of  R. 
I.,  Bartlett. 

From  a  note  gleaned  at  the  city  hall  (where  the  documents,  are 
filed  And  indexed  in  first-class  order)  I  am  led  to  believe  that 
these  services  should  be  credited  to  James  Snow's  son,  James, 


since  he  is  called  Capt.  James  Snow,  Jr.  The  dates  are  James, 
St.,  b.  Dec.  30,  1729-30;  d.  Oct  18,  1S12.  James,  Jr.,  b.  April 
10,  1756;  d.  Sept  13,  1825.  Is  not  twenty  years  rather  young 
for  a  captain?  It  seems  as  if  it  was  the  elder  James  who  was 
the  veteran. 

Mitchell's  Bridgewater.  Moved  to  Easton  about  1730  and  after- 
wards to  Providence. 

B.  9,  157.  From  John  Field,  July  22,  1732,  meadows,  thatch 
beds  and  common,  i.  e.,  seventy-nine  acres  at  Bennet's,  near 
Benedict  Pond  three  acres  near  his  dwelling  house,  a  right  in 
thatch  beds  which  was  the  right  of  John  Greene,  Jr.,  etc. 

B.  12,  381.     From  John  Field,  May  31,  1750,  Benedict's  Pond. 
376.     ii.        SARAH,  b.  1700;  m.  July  30,  1719,  Jonathan  Howard.     He  was  son 
ot  Major  Jonathan,  and  was  b.  1692.     Res.  Bridgewater.   Ch. :     i. 
Nathan,  b.   1720.     Was  Esq.;  m.  Jane  Howard.     2.  Charity,  b. 
1721;  m.  Benjamin  Pierce,  a  descendant  of  Capt.  Michael  Pierce. 
3.    Susanna,  b,   1724;    m.    1745.   Col.    Edward   Howard.      Their 
daughter  was  Susannah  Howard,  who  m.  Oakes  Angier.      They 
had  a  daughter  Susannah,  whom.   April,  1803,  Ohver  Ames,  b. 
April  II,  1779;  d.  Sept  11,  1863.     She  d.  March  28,  1847.     Their 
son,  Oliver  Ames  ( manufacturer,  b.   in  Plymouth,  Mass.,  Nov. 
5,  1807;  d.  in  North  Easton,  Mass.,   March  9,  1877),  was  a  mem- 
ber of  the  Massachusetts  State  Senate  during  1852  and  1857.     He 
was  largely  interested  with  his  brother  in  the  development  of  the 
Union  Pacific  railroad,  and  was  its  president  pro  tem.  from  1866 
until  1868.      He  was  formally  elected  president  of  the  company 
March  12,   1868,  and  continued  as  such  until  March  8,  1871.      He 
was  connected  with  the  Credit  Mobilier,  and  in  1873  succeeded 
his  brother,  Oakes  Ames,  as  the  head  of  the  firm.      They  had  a 
son,  Oliver,  who  had  a  son,  Fred  L.     Oakes  Ames,  the  brother 
of  Oliver  was  a  manufacturer,  and  was  b.  in  Easton,  Mass.,  Jan. 
10,  1804;  d,  in  North  Easton,  Mass.,  May  8,  1873.      He  was  the 
eldest  son  of  Oliver  Ames,  a  blacksmith,  who  had  acquired  con- 
siderable reputation  in  the  making  of  shovels  and  picks.      After 
obtaining  a  public-school  education  he  entered  his  father's  work- 
shop, and  made  himself  familiar  with  every  step  of  the  manufac- 
ture.    He  became  a  partner  in  the  business,  and  with  his  brother. 
Oliver,  Jr.,  established  the  firm  of  Oliver  Ames  &  Sons.      This 
house  carried  on  an  enormous  trade  during  the  gold  excitement 
in  California,  and  again  a  few  years  later  in  Australia.     During 
the  Civil  war  they  furnished  extensive  supplies  of  swords  and 
shovels  to  the  government     In  the  building  of  the  Union  Pacific 
railroad  they  were  directly  interested,  and  obtained  large  con- 
tracts,    which    were    subsequently    transferred  to    the    Credit 
Mobilier  of  America,  a  corporation  in  which  Oakes  Ames  was  one 
of  the  largest  stockholders.      In  1861  he  was  called  into  the  exe- 
cutive council  of  Massachusetts.     He  served  continuously  m  Con- 
gress from  1862  to  1873,  as  representative  from  the  Second  Mas- 
sachusetts district     His  relations  with  the  Credit  Mobilier  led  to 
an  investigation,   which  resulted  in  his  being  censured  by  a  vo-.e 
ot  the  House  of  Representatives.     Subsequent  to  his  withdrawal 
from  political  lite  he  resided  at  North  Easton,  where  he  died  of 


apoplexy  May  8,  1873.  His  wife  was  Elvira  O.  Gilmore,  b.  June 
14,  1809;  d.  July  20,  1882.  Their  children  were:  a.  Fred  Norton 
Ames,   b.   Aug.    14,  1833;  m.  Nov.  13,  1856,  Catherine  Hayward 

Copeland.      Ch. :      i.  Alice  L..  b. .      ii.  Edward  C.  Norris; 

Res.,  Boston,     b.  Oakes  Ames,  b. .  m. .      Res.  Canton, 

Mass.  4.  Sarah,  b.  1726;  ra.  1746.  Capt.  Adams  Bailey.  5.  Jona- 
than, b.  1729;  was  captain;  m.  Phebe  Ames.  6.  Amy.  b.  1734; 
m.  Jeremiah  Belcher.     She  d.  181 2. 

377.  iii.       SUSANNAH,  b.  Feb.  25,  1702;  m.  1721,  Joseph  Keith.     He  was  son 

of  Joseph,  and  his  grandfather  was  Rev.  James  Keith,  from  Aber- 
deen, Scotland.  He  was  b.  1699.  Res.  first  in  Easton,  and  later 
in  East  Bridgewater.  He  d.  1777.  Ch. :  i.  Joseph,  b.  1722; 
was  captain;  m.  Ann  Turner.  2.  Abigail,  b.  1725;  m.  Joseph 
Robinson.  3.  James,  b.  1727;  m.  Sarah  Holman.  4.  David,  b. 
1728;  m.  Jemima  Whitman.  5.  Susanna,  b.  1731;  m.  Peter 
Whitman.  6.  Eleazar,  b.  1733'  m.  Elizabeth  Mitchell.  7.  John, 
b.  1736;  m.  Alice  Mitchell.  8.  Seth,  b.  1739;  m.  Abigail  Holman. 
9.     George,  b.  1742;  m.  Deborah  Clift. 

378.  iv.        JOHN,  b.  Feb.  27,  1704;  m.  Mary  Howard. 

379.  v.         JAMES,  b.  Sept.  12,  1706;  d.  unm.  Aug.  ri,  1729.     Administration 

of  his  estate  was  granted  his  father.  Captain  John,  Oct.  27,  1729. 

Died  at    sea.       His    father    appomted  administrator.      James 

belonged  to  Providence,  that  Probate  Court  having  jurisdiction. 

Admitted  freeman  in    1728.      Probate  records,   3,  pp.    130,  132. 

Inventory  of  estate  made  by  Joseph  Field,   William  Hopkins. 

Captain  John,  of  Bridgewater,  administrator. 
231.     RICHARD  FIELD  (John,  John,  William,  John,  Richard.  William,  Wil- 
liam), b.  Providence,  R.  I.,  May  17,  1677;  m.  Jan.  17,  1704,  Susanna  Waldo,  b.  1684. 
B.  8,  42.     To  James  Mathewson,  May  17,  1703. — Prov.  records. 

7665.  Richard  Field,  of  Bridgewater.  Susannah  Field,  his  wife,  was  appointed 
administratrix  Nov.  24,  1725.  Inventory  filed  in  this  case  gives  the  dafe  of  the 
decease  of  said  Richard,  Sept.  14,  1725.     No  will  and  no  heirs  mentioned. 

7666.  Richard  Field,  of  Bridgewater.  His  wife,  Susannah  Field,  appointed 
administratrix  Sept.  25,  1734.  No  will  and  no  heirs  mentioned.  (There  was  noth- 
ing in  these  papers  to  show  that  this  was  a  second  appointment  on  the  first  Richard's 
estate.     It  may  be  another  Richard.) 

7667.  Richard  Field  et  als.  On  April  13,  1730,  Susannah  Field  was  appointed 
gfuardian  to  her  children,  viz. :  Mercy  Field,  Zabia  Field  and  Susannah,  under  the 
age'of^fourteen  years,  and  to  Jabez,  Richard  and  Ruth,  who  were  under  the  age  of 
twenty-one. — Plymouth  County  Probate. 

He  d.  Sept.  14,  1725.     Res.  Bridgewater,  Mass. 

380.  i.         ZEBULON,    b.    Aug.   23,   1707;  m.   Anna    Williams  and   Patience 


MARY,  b.  Oct.  5,  1709;  m.  March  16,  1747,  Samuel  Noyes. 

RICHARD,  b.  Oct.  21,  1711;  no  record. 

JABEZ,  b.  Sept.  29,  1713;  m.  Mary  Fobes. 

RUTH,  b.  Aug.  6,  1715;  m.  Nov.  24,  1737,  Israel  Packard,  Jr.  He 
d.  1752,  son  of  Israel  and  Hannah.  She  m.,  2d,  1754,  Joseph 
Ames,  son  of  Thomas,  b.  1711.  Res.  Bridgewater,  Mass.  By 
her  first  husband  she  had  four  sons  and  a  daughter,  all  of  whom 
d.  young.  By  her  second  husband  she  had  Zephaniah,  b.  1755. 
She  d.  and  he  m.  2d,  Mrs.  Abigail  (Lathrop)  (Bosworth)  Alger. 










385.  vi.       ZOBIAH,  b.  March  4,  171Q;  d.  Nov.  26,  1722. 

386.  vii.      MERCY,  b.  Aug.   17,  1723;  m.  Jan.  29,  1747,  Archibald  Robinson. 

He  was  son  of  Gain  Robinson,  of  Bridgewater,  who  came  from 
Ireland.  Ch. :  i.  Robert,  b.  1747.  2.  John,  b.  1749. 
3S7.  viii.  SUSANNAH,  b.  May  18,  1725;  m.  Oct.  16,  1747,  Nathan  Hartwell. 
He  was  son  of  Samuel.  Res.  Bridgewater,  Mass.  She  d.  1758, 
and  he  m.  2d,  in  1761,  Betty  Cushman.  Ch. :  i.  Mary,  b.  1753; 
m.,  1 78 1,  Abner  Shirley.  2.  Daniel,  b.  1755  (major),  m.  Mehitable 
Copeland.     3.  Susannah,  b.  1758;  m.,  1780,  Asa  Keith. 

388.  ix.       ZOBIAH,  b.  March  28,  1705;  d.  April  3,  1708. 

389.  X.         SUSANNAH,  b.  Aug.  6,  1721;  d.  Nov.  26,  1732. 

233.  DANIEL  FIELD  (John,  John,  William,  John,  Richard,  William,  Wil- 
liam), b.  Providence,  R.  I.,  July  17,  1681;  m.  March  6,  1706,  Sarah  Ames,  dau.  of 
John,  of  Bridgewater,  b.  1685.     He  was  living  in  Bridgewater  in  1703. 

B.  8,  42.     To  James  Mathewson,  May  17,  1703;  1715  blacksmith  at  Providence. 

7045.  Daniel  Field,  of  Bridgewater.  Will  written  Nov.  25,  1746.  Legatees 
mentioned,  eldest  son,  Daniel  Field,  son  of  Job  Field,  son  Joseph  Field,  daughter 
Abigail  Field,  daughter  Mehitable  Manton,  of  Providence,  and  five  grandchildren, 
children  of  his  daughter,  Hannah  Beswick,  deceased  (their  names  not  given).  Job 
and  Joseph  Field,  his  sons,  appointed  executors,  March  4,  1746. — Plymouth  County 

He  d.  February,  1746.     Res.  Bridgewater,  Mass. 

390.  i.         MEHITABLE,  b.  Nov.  22,  1706;  m.  Nov.  13,  1733,  Edward  Manton, 

of  Providence,  R.  I. 

391.  ii.        HANNAH,  b.  Feb.  16,  1709;  m.  March  18,  1734,  Charles  Beswick. 

Five  children. 

392.  iii.       DANIEL,  b.  Oct.  5,  1712;  m.  Susanna  Thayer. 

393.  iv.       JOB,  b.  Aug.  25,  1714;  d.  unm.  in  1748. 

7655.  Job  Field,  of  Bridgewater,  yeoman.  His  will  written 
Jan.  16,  1747-8.  Legatees  mentioned  in  will :  Brother  Daniel, 
sister  Mehitable  Manton,  sister  Abigail  Field.  He  gives  unto  the 
children  of  Charles  Beswick  five  shillings  (their  names  not  given). 
He  mentions  brother  Joseph  Field,  who  was  appointed  executor 
April  4,  1748. — Plymouth  County  Probate. 
SARAH,  b.  Jan.  23,  1718. 

JOSEPH,  b. ;  m.  Betty  Pray  and  Rachel 

ABIGAIL,  b. ;  d.  unm.  1750.  7640.  Abigail  Field,  of  Bridge- 
water,  single  woman.  Her  will  written  March  21,  1749-50.  Lega- 
tees mentioned  in  will:  Brother  Daniel  Field,  brother  Joseph 
Field,  sister  Mehitable  Mariton  (or  Manton),  sister  Susanna  Field, 
cousm  Rachel  Field,  cousin  Anna  Field,  cousins  Charles  Beswick, 
Ede  Beswick  and  Daniel  Beswick.  (This  abstract  was  taken  from 
the  records,  as  the  original  papers  are  missing.  The  above  name, 
Ede  Beswick,  is  a  facsimile  of  record — evidently  the  copyist  could 
not  make  out  the  whole  name.)  Abigail's  will  was  proved,  and 
Joseph  Field,  her  brother,  was  appointed  executor  May  7,  1750. 
In  the  bond  recorded  in  this  estate  she  was  called  "widow,"  but 
in  the  letter  of  appointment  was  called  single  woman,  the  same 
as  in  the  will. 

397.     viii.     SUSANNA,  b.  ;  m.  1735,  Israel  Packard,  Jr.     His  second  wife. 

He  d.    1752.      They  had  five  children,  and  all  d.  young.      She 
m.,  2d,  1754,  Joseph  Ames. 








236.  ZACHARIAH  FIELD  (Zachariah,  John,  William,  John,  Richard.  Will- 
iam, William),  b.  Providence,  R.  I.,  Jan.  20,  1685;  m.  before  1706,  Abigail .  Ad- 
mitted Freeman,  1708. 

B.  2,  285.     From  John  Hawkins,  July  21,  1709. 

B.  2,  290.     From  William  Steere,  March  25,  1711-12,  4  acres  w.  of  7-mile  line. 

B.  2,    60.     Mortgage  to  G.  Crawford,  Jan.  22,  1706-7,  discharged  1709. 

B.  2,  122.     Mortgage  to  F.  Crawford,  Feb.  22,  1708-9,  discharged  1710. 

B.  2,  252.     Award  of  Land,  July  g,  1709. 

B.  2.  324.     To  Elisha  Knoulton,  March  27,  1714. 

B.  2,  414.     To  Joseph  Whipple,  June  25,  1715. 

B.  2,  283,     To  Zachariah  Eddy,  July  14,  1709,  wife   Abigail. 

B.  9,    18,     Deed  to  John  Field,  son  of  Zachary,  Jr.,  deceased,  Oct.  26,  1731. 

Early  Rec,  B.  11,  164.  1712,  July  2S.  Controversy  between  Zachary  Field  and 
John  Hawkings  referred  to  a  Purchasers  meetmg. 

He  d.  between  171 5  and  173 1 ;  res.  Providence,  R.  L,  and  moved  away. 
:       395.       i.         ZACHARIAH,  b.  about  1706;  m.  Lydia  Titus. 

399.  ii.        JOHN,  b. ,  1 70S;  m.  Elizabeth  Snow. 

399^.  iii.       SARAH,  b.  Aug.  9,  1710;  m.  Nov.  i,  1737,  Joseph  Snow,  Jr. ;  she  d. 
July  9,  1753  (see  elsewhere  for  children). 

237.  JOHN  FIELD  (Zachariah,  John,  William,  John,  Richard,  William,  Will- 
iam), b.  Providence,  R.  I.,  1687;  m.  1712,  Hannah .     Admitted  Freeman  1734. 

Error.     M.  in  Providence,  Dec.  13,  1741,  Hannah  Field  and  Josiah  King. 

B,  4,  73.  To  William  Crawford,  March  25,  1713,  wife  Hannah  resigns  dower 
May  4,  1713- 

Probate,  Book  3,  p.  298.     Inventory  ;^77  6d. 

Probate,  Book  3,  p.  310.  Widow  Hannah  administratrix  and  to  support  his 

Prov.  Early  Rec,  9,  115.  1735,  Nov.  24.  John  Field  living  on  west  side  of 
Mashapauge  Pond,  etc. 

He  d.  in  Rhode   Island,  April  2,  1737;  res.  Providence,  R.  I. 

400.  i.        JOSEPH,  b.  1715;  m.  Susannah  Hambleton. 
400K.  ii-       OTHER  children. 

240.     JOSEPH   FIELD  (Zachariah,   John,   William,  John.   Richard,  William. 

William),   b.   Providence,   R.   I., ,    1693;    m. ,  Zerviah  Carey,  daughter  of 

Joseph  and  Abigail,  b.  1697;  d.  June  28,  1787  Inventory  presented  1768.  His  son 
Isaac  was  administrator  June  23,  1768. 

B.  4,  145.     To  William  Crawford,  March  26,  171 5,  all  outlying  lands. 

B.  3,  17.  Of  William  Crawford,  March  26,  1715,  homestead  estate,  of  John  ist 
and  Zachary  3d. 

B.  7,  134.     From  Bro.  Daniel,  June  iS,  1719,  His  int.  in  James  Est. 

B.  8,  214.     From  Nicholas  Lapham,  Sept.  23,  1729. 

B   3,  466.     From  Peleg  Williams,  May  25,  1731. 

B.  II,  246.     From  Joseph,  Jr.  (42),  Oct  i,  1744.     Int.  in  uncle  James  Est. 

B.  273.     From  Jeremiah  Field,  1744,  land  at  Mashapaug. 

B.  314.     From  Bro.  Daniel  (15),  Oct.  30,  1745.     Int.  in  Bro.  James  Est. 

B.  331.     From  Joseph  Jr.  (42),  March  14,  1745.     Int.  in  uncle  James  Est. 

B.  17,  499.     From  Archibald  Young,  July  t,  1767,  Hawkings  Cove. 

B.  5,465.  Probate  Records.  Inventory,  ^255  14s. i7d.  Set  forth  by  son  Isaac 
who  was  made  administrator  June  21,  1768. 

He  d.  June  4,  1768;  res.  Providence,  R.  I. 

401.  i.         ISAAC,  b.  Nov.  i8,  1743;  m.  Martha  Hartshorn. 
4<j2.     ii.        SARAH,  b.  Oct.  24,  1740;  d.  April  7,  179;. 


242.  THOMAS  FIELD  (Thomas,  Thomas,  William,  John,  Richard,  William, 
William),  b.  Providence,  R.  I.,  Jan.  3,  1670;  m.  there  Abigail  Hopkins,  daughter 
of  William  and  Abigail  Hopkins;  m.,  2d,  April  2S,  1737,  Abigail  Chaffee;  she  d. 
soon  after  1752.  June  7,  1725,  he  deeded  "for  fatherly  love  and  affection,  which  1 
have  for  my  eldest  son  Thomas  Field,  Jr.,  etc.,  lot  of  land  where  he  liveth,  in  the 
lands  of  Pawtuxet,  on  west  side  of  Pauchasset  river,  140  acres  and  buildings,  with- 
out limitation,  1730-42,  Town  Council.  April  5,  1732,  he  deeded  son  Anthony  for 
love  and  good-will,  certain  lands,  viz.,  5  acres  that  was  my  honored  father, 
Thomas  Field's,  deceased,  also  lots  of  80  acres  and  62  acres,  etc.  April  26,  1737,  he 
made  an  agreement  with  Abigail  Chaffee,  two  days  before  his  marriage,  concern- 
ing property,  1742,  deputy.     Jan.  18,  1744. 

B.  2,  353.     From  Wm.  Crawford,  Aug.  12,  1714.     Edward  Harte's  right. 

B.  2,  406.     From  Wm.  Crawford. 

B.  2,  492.     From  Thomas,  Sen.,  May  19,  171 5. 

B.  T,,    54.     From  Elisha  Arnold,  Dec.  28,  171 7,  land  at  Pawtuxet. 

B.  4,  no.     To  Samuel  Gorton,  Dec.  17,  1719. 

B.  6,    -j-j.     To  Robert  Crane,  June  3,  1723. 

B.  6,  330.     Benjamin  Paine,  April  27,  1723. 

B.  7,    34.     To  Elisha  Smith,  March  3,  1725. 

B.  8,  501.     To  Son  Thomas,  June  7,  1725. 

B.  9,  109.     To  son  Anthony,  April  12,  1732. 

B.  9,  150.     To  Zachariah  Eddy,  Jr.,  Nov.  8,  1728. 

B.  9,  412.     To  Moses  Lippitt,  May  28,  1735,  right  of  Thos.  Weston. 

B.  9,  414.     To  son  Thomas,  Feb.  13,  1734-5- 

B.  9,  384.     To  Pardon  Sheldon,  March  4,  1734-35. 

B.  Aio,  105.     To  son  Jeremiah,  March  30,  1737. 

B.  Aio,  255.  To  son  Nathaniel,  property  which  he  had  lately  given  to  Jere- 

B.  Aio,  399.     To  son  Thomas,  1738-39,  land  at  Pawtuxet. 

B.  II,  223.     To  son  Jeremiah,  May  12,  1744.  — " 

Probate  2,  20.     Son  and  heir  to  Thomas  called  Yeoman,  Sept.  13,  1717. 

Probate  4,  30S.     Widow,  Abigail,  appointed  administratrix,  void. 

Probate  4,  311.     Will  proved.     See  below.     No  property. 

Thomas  was  living  in  1746,  as  son  Jeremiah  is  appointed  his  guardian,  he  being 
unable  to  care  for  himself. 

Will  dated  Jan.  17,  1743;  presented  for  probate  Feb.  17,  1753.  Jeremiah  to 
be  executor.  Will  was  objected  to  by  son  Thomas  on  account  of  incompetency  of 
father,  but  Jeremiah  reported  that  there  was  no  property. 

"Monday  Morning,  Feb.  20.  1882. 
"Mr.  George  T.  Paine. 

"Dear  Sir:  I  verj'  much  regretted  not  seeing  you  last  week,  and  being  desir- 
ous to  give  you  as  little  trouble  as  possible,  1  call  at  your  office  to-day,  and  lest  I 
should  not  find  you,  I  am  writing  this  note  to  leave.  Unless  there  is  some  reason 
for  the  belief,  that  Abigail  Field  was  not  the  daughter  of  Wm.  Hopkins,  except 
that  she  was  not  mentioned  in  his  will,  I  shall  leave  it  for  the  Hopkins  to  prove  the 
contrary.  The  idea  of  her  being  called  'Hopkins'  by  courtesy  is  not  reasonable, 
especially  on  her  marriage.  It  is  evident  her  mother  had  one  Hopkins  boy,  and 
when  she  speaks  of  her  first  husband's  son,  calls  him  by  his  true  name,  and  so  does 
her  husband. 

"Thomas  Field  was  a  very  rich  man,  for  his  day,  and  fathers  of  that  day,  so 
little  inclined  to  give  to  daughters  anything,  but  household  goods  any  way,  it  was 
not  strange  if  he  thought  it  unnecessary;  besides  he  might  not  have  liked  Thos. 


Field,  many  of  that  day  did  not  like  him,  he  was  arbitrary  and  exacting.  Again, 
all  those  old  Fields  were  apt  to  mention  degrees  of  relationship.  Thomas  2d,  who 
referred  to  his  'two  grandfathers,'  did  not  hesitate  when  the  estate  was  to  be  set- 
tled, to  summon  his  'mother-in-law,'  Abigail  (Chaffee)  Field.  They  were  too  proud 
and  independent  to  admit  of  patronage  of  any  sort,  even  from  a  step-grandfather, 
though  a  Hopkins.  I  remember  hearing  Uncle  George  Field  tell  with  tearful  ap- 
preciation of  the  heroism  of 'Old  Uncle  Stephen  Hopkins,'  when  he  signed  the 
'Declaration,'  being  a  paralytic,  said,  'My  hand  trembles,  but  my  heart  don't.' 

'However,  1  am  open  to  conviction.  1  am  puzzled  over  Thomas  50  and  Thomas 
44  (see  Mrs.  Brovvneli's  Field  Genealogy,  p.  10).  Mrs.  Wiaid  says,  'My  grandfather 
married  Hannah  Irons.'  She  had  not  seen  my  book.  Mrs.  Wiaid's  father  was 
Darius  Field,  and  if  born  in  1777  (see  last  page  of  the  book),  it  would  be  right  for 
the  marriage  1775.     But  this  Thomas  was  not  son  of  Silas   so  I  leave  it. 

"With  thanks  for  the  loan  of  the  book,  I  remain, 

"Very  truly  yours, 

"H.  A.  Brownell. 

Capt.  John,  ist,  of  Bridgewater,  did  not  mention  two  of  his  daughters  in  his 

Will  of  Thomas  Field— Providence  Probate  Docket,  Vol.  I.  No.  A610.  Will 
Book  No.  4,  page  311. 

Jn  the  Name  of  God  amen  I  Thomas  Field  of  Providence  in  the  County  of 
Providence  and  Colony  of  Rhoad  Jsland  in  New  England  yeoman  being  a  ToUar- 
able  state  of  helth  and  in  my  Right  mind  and  memory  and  vnderstanding  as  to  a 
Disposing  mind  Thanks  be  giuen  to  allmighty  God  therefore  and  Knowing  it  is 
appointed  for  all  men  once  to  Die  and  knowing  not  how  soon  it  may  Please  God  to 
take  me  out  of  this  World;  and  being  minded  to  set  my  house  in  order  while  I  haue 
a  being  Jiere  in  this  world  Do  make  and  ordain  this  my  Last  Will  and  Testament 
first  and  Principally  I  Giue  and  bequest  my  Sole  vnto  God  that  Gaue  it  and  my 
body  to  the  Earth  to  be  Decantly  Buryed  at  the  Discretion  of  mine  Executor  here 
after  mentioned  and  named  and  as  touching  such  worldly  Estate  as  it  hath  Pleased 
God  to  bless  me  with  in  this  world  I  Giue  and  Dispose  of  in  the  following  manner 
and  form  first  I  Will  and  ordain  that  all  my  Just  Debts  that  I  owe  to  any  Person 
either  in  Right  or  Concrance  shall  well  and  Truly  be  Paid  and  ansured  and  ordained  to 
be  paid  in  sum  Conueniant  time  after  my  decease  by  mine  Executor  hereafter  named 

Jtem  I  Giue  and  Bequest  vnto  my  Louemg  wife  Abigail  Field  the  sum  of  Forty 
Pounds  in  Bills  of  Publick  credit  of  said  Colony  of  the  old  tenor  money  Eqvielant 
thereto  to  be  Paid  to  her  by  my  Executor  hereafter  named  and  Likewise  I  oblige  my 
Executor  to  fuUfill  all  my  agreements  made  with  my  wife  which  I  made  before  mar- 
rige  and  is  vnder  hand  and  seal  Likewise  I  Giue  and  bequest  vnto  my  Loueing  wife 
all  and  Euery  Part  of  what  she  brought  with  her  to  me  when  I  married  her  as  Bed 
and  beding  and  sundry  other  Household  stuff. 

Jtem  I  Giue  and  bequeath  vnto  my  Loeing  son  Thomas  Field  the  sum  of  fif- 
teen pounds  in  Bills  of  Credit  of  the  old  tenor  to  be  paid  within  one  year  after  my 
Decease  by  my  Executor  hereafter  named 

Jtem  I  Giue  and  Bequest  vnto  my  Loeing  son  Jeremiah  Field  my  Lott  of  Land 
Lying  in  the  Township  of  Siteuate  in  the  County  of  Prouidence  abouesaid  Lott 
Lyeth  on  boath  sides  of  Punhanset  Riuer  Containing  Two  Hundred  and  Fifty  acres 
or  thereabouts  and  also  one  Lott  of  Land  in  the  Lands  of  Pautuxet  on  the  west  side 
of  Pauchasets  Riuer  in  the  Township  of  Prouidence  aforesaid  and  adjoj-ning  to  the 
seuen  mile  Line  so  caled  Containing  one  Hundred  and  Fifty  acres  or  thereabouts 
both  the  aforementioned  Lotts  to  be  and  Remain  vnto  my  said  son  Jeremiah  Field 
his  Heirs  and  assigns  for  Euer 


Jtem  I  Giue  and  bequeath  my  Loueing  son  Nathaniel  Field  the  sum  of  four 
Pounds  in  money  to  be  Paid  unto  my  said  son  his  Heirs  &c:  by  my  Executor  here- 
after named  in  one  3'ear  after  my  decease 

Jtem  I  Giue  and  bequeath  vnto  my  Loueing  son  Anthony  Field  my  Lott  of 
Land  Lying  in  the  Township  of  Glocester  in  the  County  of  Providence  aforesaid 
said  Lott  Lyeth  near  Chapachit  Ceeder  swamp  Containing  one  Hundred  and  seuenty 
acres  beit  more  or  Less  to  be  and  Remain  vnto  my  said  son  Anthony  Field  his 
Heirs  and  Assigns  for  Euer 

Jtem  1  Giue  and  bequeath  vnto  my  Loueing  son  Jeremiah  Field  whome  I  Like- 
wise Make  Constitute  ordain  and  appoint  to  be  my  whole  and  sole  Executor  of  this 
my  Last  Will  and  Testament  all  my  Moueable  Estate  after  ray  Just  Debts  Leageses 
and  Funeral  Charges  are  Paid  if  any  there  be  Remaining  and  to  his  Heirs  and 
Assigns  &c  In  Witness  and  for  Conhrmation  of  all  the  Particulars  of  this  my  Last 
Will  and  Testament  I  the  said  Thomas  Field  haue  herevnto  set  my  hand  and  seal  this 
Eighteenth  Day  of  January  in  the  seuenteenth  year  of  his  Majestyes  Reign  George 
the  second  King  of  Grate  Britain  &c:  Anno  que;  Domine — 1743-44 
Signed  Sealed  Published  Declared  and  Pronounced  to  be  the  Last  Will  and  Testa- 
ment in  the  presence  of  vs 

Thomas  Field  ls 

James  Arnold 

A:  Francis 

Samuel  Boyles 
Proved  December  16,  1752. 

He  d.  July  17,  1752;  res.  Providence,  R.  I. 

403.  i.         THOMAS,  b. ,  i6g6;  m.  Abigail . 

404.  ii.        STEPHEN,   b.   in  Providence ;    d.   at  sea  Sept.    10,  1727;  m. 

Sarah;  had  one  child  that  lived  a  few  years;  widow  Sarah  m. 
William  Smith  March  31,  1732-33.  Sarah  was  appointed  administra- 
trix of  his  estate  Dec.  11,  1727;  m.  Sarah  Smith,  daughter  of  John 
the  Miller,  3d  (see  Austin's  Diet.,  p.  383).  Admitted  Freeman 

Probate  3,  89.  Inventory.  Relict  and  widow  Sarah.  Mentions 

Probate  3,  245.  Bill  of  Sarah  Smith  (widow  of  Stephen  Field). 
For  child's  clothing  3  yrs  and  3  mos. ;  for  child's  funeral  expenses. 

Was  a  Blacksmith. 

Mrs.  Brownell,  1724.  To  Wm.  Page  land  in  right  of  Thomas 
James  between  Weybosset  Hill  and  Muddy  Brook. 

Early  Records  XII,  p.  22.  1720,  Nov.  26.  Appt.  Administrator 
of  estate  of  Hannah  Wailes. 

405.  iii.       JEREMIAH,  b. ;  m.  Abigail  Waterman. 

.406.     iv.        NATHANIEL,  b. ;  m.  Margaret  Barstow. 

407.  v.         ANTHONY,  b. ;  m.  Mehitable  Whipple. 

408.  vi.       JOSEPH,  b.  before  1699;  ^-  at  sea;  Oct.  5,  1736.  Probably  unmarried. 

A  mariner.     Admitted  Freeman  1720. 

B.  8,  214.     From  Nicholas  Lapham,  Sept.  23,  1729. 

Council  Records,  July  2,  1737,  Jeremiah  Field  appointed  admin- 
istrator. Father  Thomas,  declines. 

B.  3,  218.  Probate  Rec.  3,  218.  Father  Thomas  refused  to  ad- 
minister.    Bro.  Jeremiah  appointed. 

B.  3.  219.  Inventory  made  July  19,  1737,  by  Josiah  Pain  and 
Richard  Waterman,  Jr.     Inventory,  ;^79  i6s.  lod. 


245.  WILLIAM  FIELD  (Thomas,  Thomas,  William,  John.  Richard.  William. 
William),  b.  Providence,  R.  I.,  June  8,  1682;  m.  Martha  ;  m.,  2d,  in  Provi- 
dence, Mary  Mathewson;  she  d.  after  1729.  Admitted  Freeman  1708,  M.,  3d,  Mary, 

who  outlived  him,  and  afterwards   m. Moore.      Austin   says    he    m.   Mary 

Mathewson,  daughter  of  James  and  Hannah,  and  that  she  d.  1729.  He  had  a 
brother-in-law,  Thomas  Mathewson. 

Probate  3,  137.  In  his  will  he  directs  all  his  children  except  John  and  Charles 
to  provide  for  their  mother,  and  these  may  have  been  children  of  the  first  wife. 

B.  2,  86.     To  Thomas  Mathewson,  Dec.  2,  1707,  brother-in-law. 

B.  2,  382.     To  James  Browne,  March  4,  1714-15. 

B.  5,  130.     To  Zachariah  Eddy,  Jr.,  Sept.  14,  1721. 

B.  5,  284.     To  David  Rutingbar,  May  17,  1717. 

B.  7,  150.     To  John  Pray,  Jr.,  Aug.  26,  1726. 

B.  7,  237.     To  Robert  Currie,  Jan.  i,  1727-8. 

B.  7,  238.     To  Robert  Currie,  May  15,  1725. 

B.  7,  264.     To  William  Turpin,  May  15,  1725. 

B.  9,  403.     From  Thomas  (Sen.),  Sept.  11,  1708. 

His  will  was  dated  Oct.  16,  1729,  proved. 

To  dau.  Martha  Browne,  lot  &c.,  for  her  son  Gideon  or  his  elder  bro. 

To  son  Joseph  (a  minor)  lot  on  Town  St. 

To  son  Nathan  (a  minor)  a  lot  on  Town  St.  and  land  at  Snaile's  Hill. 

To  dau.  Mary  lot  on  Town  St. 

To  sons  William  and  Thomas  (minors). 

To  wife  Mary. 

To  sons  John  and  Charles  the  lots  of  land  given  /ii'm  by  his  mother  Martha  dec. 

To  sons  John  &  Charles  his  land  at  Wanskuck. 

To  son  John  his  salt  meadow  at  Pungansett 

Early  Records,  Vol.  XI,  p.  137.     Elected  constable  June  6,  1709. 

He  deeded  to  brother-in-law  Thomas  Mathewson  for  good- will,  «&c.,  4  acres 
(confirmed  by  Thomas  Field,  father  of  said  William),  1708,  Freeman,  1727,  March 
13.  he,  of  the  one  part,  deeded  Nicholas,  Richard  and  Henry  Harris,  of  the  other 
part,  for  purpose  of  establishing  boundary  line,  they  all  choosing  Capt.  Wm.  Pot- 
ter, to  make  partition  between  them  '  'of  a  certain  piece  of  land,  being  that  which 
was  the  front  of  that  which  was  the  homestead  of  our  honoured  grandfather. 
Thomas  Harris,  deceased." 

Will  of  William  Field.— Providence  Probate  Docket,  Vol.  I.  No.  A327.  Will 
Book  No.  3,  page  137. 

I  William  ffeild  of  the  Towne  of  Prouidence  in  the  Colony  of  Rhoad  Jsland  and 
Prouidence  plantations  Jn  New  England:  yeoman.  Being  now  sick  and  weake  of 
Body:  but  of  sound  dissposeing  mind  and  memory  Praise  be  Given  to  God  for  the 
same ;  Doe  make  this  my  Last  Will  and  Testament ;  Jn  manner  and  forme  follow- 
ing; first  and  Prinsipally  I  Commit  my  spirit  to  Almighty  God  my  Creator:  and  my 
body  I  Commit  to  the  Earth :  to  be  decently  buried  att  the  discression  of  my  Exec- 
utrix: herein  After  named:  and  as  to  the  outward  and  worldly  Esstate  the  Lord 
hath  Lent  mee  in  this  present  world  I  Give  and  bequeath  as  followeth : 

Jmprimis  as  to  my  homestead  whereon  I  now  dwell:  I  Give  and  bequeath  in 
the  following  manner  and  forme — I  Giue  to  my  daughter  Martha  Browne  one  small 
Lott  of  Land  adjoyneing  on  the  East  side  of  the  Towne  streets  in  said  Prouidence 
and  on  the  south  side  of  James  Browne  Junrs  houslot  whereon  he  Liueth :  Contain- 
ing of  fifty  foot  in  breadth:  north  and  south  bounding  on  the  west  end  with  the  said 
Town  streete  and  from  thence  to  Extend  Eastward  Eighty  foot  bounding  on  the 
north  side  with  the  said  James  Brownes  Land  and  to  hold  the  full  breadth  of  fifty 


foot  at  Each  end  and  so  the  whole  Length :  the  said  Lott  of  Land  to  be  and  Re- 
mains to  my  said  Daughter  Martha  Browne  her  heirs  Executors  Administrators  and 
Assigns:  with  the  preuiledges  and  appurtinanses  theireunto  belonging  for  Euer 

Jtem  I  Giue  and  bequeath  to  my  son  Joseph  ffeild:  one  Lott  of  Land  fifty  foot 
in  Breadth  north  and  south  bounding  on  the  west  End  with  the  said  Towne  streete 
and  from  thence  to  Extend  Eastward  holding  the  same  breadth  Eighty  foot:  bound- 
ing on  the  north  side  with  the  Land  I  haue  Given  to  my  Daughter  Martha  Browne: 
To  Haue  and  To  Hold  the  said  Lott  of  Land  unto  him  my  said  son  Joseph  ffeild 
and  to  his  Heirs  Executors  Administrators  and  Assigns  with  the  previledges  and 
Appurtinanses  for  Euer. 

Jtem  I  Give  and  bequeath  to  my  son  Nathan  ffeild:  one  small  Lott  of  Land 
adjoyneing  on  the  west  side  of  the  said  Town  streete  of  fifty  foot  in  breadth  north 
and  south  bounding  on  the  west  End  with  the  said  streete;  and  from  thence  to 
Extend  Eastward  holdeing  the  same  breadth  of  fifty  toot:  vntill  Jt  Comes  Eighty 
foot  Eastward  from  said  Townn  sreete :  and  to  be  taken  in  that  place  where  on : 
Doctr  Henry  sweeteing  hath  built  a  house:  To  Have  and  To  Hold  the  said  Lott 
ot  Land  unto  him  my  said  son  Nathan  ffeild  his  Heirs  Executors  Administrators 
and  Assigns  with  the  preuiledges  and  Appurtinanses  thereunto  belonging  tor  Euer. 

Jtem  I  Give  and  bequeath  to  my  daughter  Mary  ffeild  one  small  Lott  of  Land 
adjoyneing  on  the  East  side  of  the  Town  streete  bounding  on  the  south  side  with 
the  Land  belonging  to  the  Heirs  of  Major  William  Crawford:  and  from  thence  to 
Extend  fifty  foot  northward  bounding  on  the  East  side  of  said  streete:  and  from 
thence  to  Extend  Eastward  Eighty  foot  holding  the  full  breadth  of  fifty  foot:  To 
Haue  and  To  Hold  the  said  small  Lott  of  Land  unto  her  my  said  Daughter  mary 
ffeild  her  Heirs  Executors  Administrators  and  Assigns  with  the  Preuiledges  and 
Appurtinanses  for  Euer. 

Jtem  I  Giue  and  bequeath  to  my  two  sons  William  ffeild  and  Thomas  ffeild  all 
the  Remaining  part  of  my  homestead  Land  whereon  my  Dwelling  house  standeth 
in  said  Prouidence  to  be  equally  deuided  betwixt  them  my  said  two  sons  William 
and  Thomas:  and  to  beandRemaine  unto  them  theire  Heirs  Executors  Administra- 
tors and  Assigns  To  Have  and  To  Hold  with  all  the  buildings  and  Appurtinanses 
thereunto  belonging  foreuer:  But  my  will  is  and  I  doe  hereby  Order  that  my  loue- 
ing  wife  Mary  ffeild  shall  haue  the  whole  management  use  and  profet  of  my  said 
homestead  and  buildings  thereon  untill  my  said  two  sons  shall  attaine  and  Come 
to  the  age  of  twenty  one  years:  for  her  to  Jmproue  prouided  shee  Remaines  a 
Widow  for  the  support  and  nurture  of  herself  and  famoly  but  in  Case  shee  shall 
marry  before  my  said  sons  shall  attaine  to  that  age:  then  my  will  is  that  shee  shall 
be  quitt  of  all  my  said  homestead  Lands  and  preuiledges :  and  that  there  shall  be 
Gardians  Chosen  to  my  Children  who  shall  haue  power  to  Rent  and  Jmproue  my 
said  homestead  Lands  and  buildings  thereon  for  the  use  and  profet  of  my  famely 
untill  my  said  sons  William  and  Thomas  shall  attaine  to  the  age  of  twenty  one 
years:  At  which  age  Each  ot  them  shall  Jnherit  his  part 

Jtem  I  Giue  and  bequeath  to  my  son  Nathan  ffeild  all  that  my  Lott  of  Land  att 
the  place  Called  snailes  hill  in  said  Prouidence  neck:  To  Haue  and  To  Hold  the 
said  Lott  of  Land  unto  him  my  said  son  Nathan  his  Heirs  Executors  Administra- 
tors and  Assigns  with  the  preuiledges  and  Appurtinanses  theireunto  belongmg  for 

Jtem  I  Giue  and  bequeath  to  my  son  Joseph  ffeild  all  my  Lands  and  farms  att 
the  place  Called  the  new  ffeilds:  and  in  the  place  Called  the  neck  in  Prouidence 
aboue  said:  To  Haue  and  To  Hold  the  said  Land  unto  him  my  said  son  Joseph 
ffeild  his  Heirs  Executors  Administrators  and  Assigns  with  the  preuiledges  and 
Appurtinanses  thereunto  belonging  for  Euer.     Rut  my  will  is  that  my  wife  shall 


haue  full  Power  and  Command  of  thtse  two  Last  Percells  of  Land  as  of  the  other 
part  afore  mentioned  Jf  shee  Remaine  a  widdow:  and  in  Case  shee  marry  then  to 
be  managed  as  is  prouided  in  the  other  part  by  Gardians  untill  my  said  sons  shall 
attaine  to  the  age  of  twenty  one  years:  being  Giuen  under  the  same  tennure  as  the 
other  is:  or:  so:  Jntended 

Jtem  I  Giue  and  bequeath  to  my  two  sons  John  ffeild  and  Charles  ffeild  all  that 
my  part  of  the  two  Lotts  of  Land  that  was  Giuen  mee  by  my  honrd  Mother  Martha 
ffeild,  deceased,  which  are  sctuate  Lieing  and  being  in  said  Prouidence  Town 
adjoyneing  on  the  south  side  of  the  Land  belonging  to  the  Heirs  of  Major  William 
Crawford,  deceased,  to  be  Equally  deuided  betwixt  them  my  said  two  sons  John  and 
Charles:  and  to  be  and  Remaine  unto  *^hem  theire  Heirs  Executors  Administrators 
and  Assigns  To  Haue  and  To  Hold  with  the  preuiledges  and  Appurtinanses  for 

Jtem  I  Giue  and  bequeath  unto  my  son  John  ffeild  my  half  Lott  of  Land  within 
that  tract  of  Land  Called  the  stated  Common  in  said  Prouidence  to  be  and  Remaine 
unto  him  his  Heirs  and  Assigns  for  Euer 

Jtem  I  Giue  and  bequeath  unto  my  son  Charles  flfeild  my  Half  small  house  Lott 
which  was  Layed  out  in  the  Last  deuision  of  house  Lotts  in  the  Land  Called  Dex- 
tors  Lane:  to  be  and  Remaine  unto  him  my  said  son  Charles  his  heirs  and  Assigns 
with  the  preuiledges  and  Appurtinanses  foreuer 

Jtem  I  Giue  and  bequeath  unto  my  said  two  sons  John  ffeild  and  Charles  ffeild 
all  my  Lands  att  the  place  Caled  Wenschcutt  in  Prouidence  abouesaid  to  be 
Equally  Deuided  betwixt  them  and  to  be  and  Remaine  unto  them  my  said  two  sons 
John  and  Charles  theire  Heirs  and  Assigns  for  Euer 

Jtem  I  Giue  and  bequeath  unto  my  son  John  ffeild  all  my  salt  meadow  and 
Right  in  the  Thatch  Coue  at  the  place  Called  Punganset  in  Prouidence  abouesaid — 
to  be  and  Remaine  unto  him  his  heirs  and  Assigns  with  the  preuiledges  and  Appur- 
tinanses for  Euer 

Jtem  I  Giue  and  bequeath  to  my  son  Charles  ffeild  all  my  right  in  the  Thatch 
beds  Lieing  up  in  the  Riuer  Called  Wonasquotuckett  Riuer  in  Prouidence  aforesaid 
to  be  and  Remaine  unto  him  his  Heirs  and  Assigns  with  the  preuiledges  and 
Appurtinanses  for  Euer 

And  my  will  is  and  I  do  hereby  order  that  the  Lott  of  Land  I  haue  Giuen  to  my 
daughter  Martha  Browne  shall  be  to  her  son  my  Grandson  Gidian  Browne  when  he 
shall  attaine  to  the  age  of  twenty  one  years:  and  to  his  Heirs  and  Assigns  foreuer: 
and  Jn  case  he  shal  dye  before  he  shall  attaine  to  that  age  then  the  said  Lott  shall 
be  and  Remaine  to  his  Eldest  brother  that  shall  attaine  to  the  said  age  of  twenty 
one  years:  and  to  be  and  Remaine  to  his  Heirs  and  Assigns  for  Euer.  And  my  will 
further  is  that  Jn  case  my  Loueing  wife  shall  Remaine  a  widdow  and  bare  my 
name;  then  shee  shall  haue  the  East  end  of  my  dwelling  house  Called  the  parler 
and  a  preuiledg  in  the  seller  under  said  house  and  Preuiledg  in  the  yard  and  Liberty 
of  freiut  in  my  orchard  for  her  Nessesary  use  and  to  pass  and  Repass  ouer  and  upon 
my  Land-  as  shee  shall  see  cause  dureing  the  term  of  her  Natural  Life;  but  Jn  case 
shee  shall  marry  then  to  haue  thirte  pounds  out  of  my  moueable  Esstate:  and  so  to 
be  quitt:  And  in  Case  shee  doth  Remaine  a  widdow  then  my  two  sons  Nathan 
ffeild  and  Joseph  ffeild  shall  find  and  prouide  firewood  for  there  mother  my  said 
wife  and  Carry  it  home  to  her  doore  dureing  all  the  term  of  her  Life  and  my  other 
two  sons  as  namely  William  ffeild  and  Thomas  ffeild  shall  find  and  prouide  suffi- 
ciant  meate  drink  Cloathing  and  all  other  things  nessesary  with  sufficiant  attend- 
ance both  in  sickness  and  helth  for  theire  mother  my  said  wife  dureing  the  term  of 
her  natural  Life 

Jtem  my  will  is  that  Jn  case  Either  or  any  of  my  said  sons  shall  dye  before  they 


attaine  to  the  age  of  twenty-one  years  then  there  parts  that  shall  so  decease,  shall  be 
deuided  amongst  his  or  theire  suruiueing  brothers:  and  to  be  and  Remaine  to  theire 
heirs  and  Assigns  for  Euer 

Jtem  I  Giue  and  bequeath  unto  my  Loueing  wife  Mary  fFeild  all  my  household 
stuff  of  all  sorts:  and  for  her  to  Giue  a  portion  thereof  to  my  daughter  Mary  fFeild 
as  shee  shall  see  cause;  and  as  to  all  the  Rest. of  my  moueable  Esstate  after  all  my 
Just  debts  funeral  Charges  and  other  Expenses  are  duely  paid  and  my  Children 
brought  up:  what  then  after  Remaines  I  Giue  Equally  to  be  deuided  amongst  all 
my  sons:  And  1  doe  name  ordaine  Appoynt  and  make  my  Loueing  wife  Mary  ffeild 
sole  Executrix  to  this  my  Last  will  and  testament  to  Receive  and  pay  all  my  Just 
debts  unto  whose  Care  I  Commit  the  bringing  up  and  tuision  of  my  small  Children. 
— Jn  witness  whereof  I  doe  hereunto  sett  my  hand  and  seale  this  sixteenth  day  of 
October  in  the  yeare  of  our  Lord  one  thousand  seauen  hundred  and  twenty  nine. 
Signed  sealled  pronounced  and  Memorandum 

declared  in  the  presence  of  us  before  signeing  and 

sealeing.  I  Giue  to 

Jabez  Bowen  my  daughter  Martha 

William  Potter  Browne:  ten 

Richard  Waterman  Junr  sheepe  William  field  ls. 

Proved  December  ist,  1729. 

He  d.  Nov.  5,  1729;  res.  Providence,  R.  1. 

409.  i.         MARTHA,  b.  in  Providence,  1710;  m.  Jan.  7.  1727,  Joseph  Brown. 

Joseph  Brown  was  son  of  Rev.  James  and  Mary  (Harris)  (John. 
Chad);  b.  May  5,  1701;  d.  May  8,  1778,  in  North  Providence;  she 
d.  April  19,  1736,  aged  26.  He  m.,  2d,  Abigail  Waterman,  b. 
1711;  d.  May  23,  1784,  aged  73.  Joseph  lived  in  North  Providence 
on  what  is  now  Chalkstone  avenue,  on  the  north  side  of  the  road. 
The  old  homestead  is  still  standing  and  is  a  little  to  the  east  of  the 
present  Obadiah  Brown  farrn.  It  is  a  large  white  house  with  a 
substantial  chimney  in  the  center.  Joseph  Brown  made  his  will 
April  15.  1772;  it  was  proved  in  North  Providence,  June  6,  1778, 
and  is  recorded  in  Book  A,  p.  175-6,  at  the  Pawtucket  city  hall. 
He  and  his  two  wives  are  buried  at  North  End  in  the  same  lot 
with  Rev.  Chad  Brown.  Ch.  of  Joseph  and  Martha  (Field)  Brown: 
I.  Gideon,  b.  1728;  d.  1807  'Q  Johnston,  R.  I.;  m.,  ist,  Ruth 
Rutinburg;  2d,  Sarah  Place.  2.  William,  b.  about  1780.  3.  Mar- 
tha, b.  about  1732.  4.  John,  b.  April  6,  1734;  d.  1815  in  Johnston, 
R.  I. ;  m.  Sarah  Harris.  5.  Anne,  b.  Jan.  4,  1736.  Ch.  of  Joseph 
and  Abigail  Brown.  6.  Joseph,  b.  1739.  7-  Elisha,  b.  April  i, 
1748.  8.  Andrew,  b.  1750.  "The  Chad  Browne  Memorial,"  pub- 
lished m  1888,  takes  up  the  descendants  of  Joseph  Brown  by  his 
second  wife,  and  gives  little  information  of  Martha  Field's  poster- 
ity. Clarence  I.  Brown,  of  Thornton,  R.  I.,  is  compiling  an 
account  of  the  Brown  family  of  Johnston,  R.  I.,  particularly  the 
descendants  of  Martha  Field. 

410.  ii.        JOSEPH,  b.  about  1720;  m.  Sarah  Harding. 

411.  iii.       NATHAN,  b. ;  probably  d.  unm.  June  20,    1743,  or  Sept.  28, 

1747,  intestate.  Not  of  age  in  1729,  Oct.  16,  when  his  father's  will 
is'dated.  B.  12,  152.  Charles  Field  sells  Sept.  2S,  1747,  to  Stephen 
Hopkins,  land  belonging  to  his  brother  Nathan,  supposed  dead. 

412.  iv.       MARY,  b.  ;  m.  Caleb  Arnold,  of  Warwick. 

413.  v.         WILLIAM,  b. ;  m.  Jemima . 














414.  vi.       THOMAS,  b.*about  1708;  m.  Margaret — --. 

415.  vii.      JOHN,  b.  1712;  m.  Deborah . 

416.  ix.       CHARLES,  b.  Feb.  6,  1714;  m.  Waite  Dexter. 

250.  JOHN  FEILD  (Jeremiah,  Joseph,  Edward,  William,  John,  John,  Will- 
iam), b.  Chellow,  in  Heaton,  England;  m. ,  Grace  (Rhodes)  Hodgson,  dau.  of 

Timothy  Rhodes,  of  Heaton,  and  relict  of  Thomas  Hodgson,  of  Little  Horton.  She 
was  buried  at  Bradford,  Dec.  5,  1702;  m.,  2d,  in  Bradford,  May  27,  1708,  Susan  Binns, 
of  Allerton;  baptized  April  17,  1687;  she  was  a  widow  m  1749.  John,  after  the 
death  of  his  first  wife,  Grace,  m.  May  27,  1708,  Susan,  dau.  of  John  Binns,  of  Aller- 
ton, at  Bradford,  where  this  lady  was  baptized  April  17,  1687.  She  was  living,  a 
widow,  in  1749.  John  Feild  his  second  wife  Susan,  a  dau.,  Mercy,  baptized 
at  Bradford.  Sept.  9,  1708,  who  d.  young,  buried  Nov.  30,  171 6.  Jeremiah,  baptized 
Feb.  10.  1709-10,  buried  at  Bradford,  Sept.  2.  1718;  and  Jonathan,  baptized  March 
4,  1714,  buried  March  21,  1715,  at  Bradford.  He  was  buried  Jan.  18,  1731;  res. 
Bradford,  England. 

JOHN,  b.  1701 ;  m.  Mary  Eamondson. 

JUDITH,  eldest  dau.,  m.  to  Henry  Atkinson,  of  Bradford,  marriage 
settlement  dated  Dec.  29,  1733;  living  1751. 

GRACE,  baptized  at  Bradford,  Sept.  19,  1708. 

MERCY,  d.  young,  buried  Feb.  24,  1720. 

JOSEPH,  d.  young;  buried  Nov.  30,^716. 

JEREMIAH,  baptized  Feb.  10,  1709;  buried  at  Bradford,  Sept,  2, 

423.  vii.      JONATHAN,  baptized  March  4.  1714;  buried  at  Bradford,  March 

21,  1715. 

256.  SAMUEL  FEILD  (William,  William,  Edward,  Edward,  Christopher, 
John,  Christopher,  John,  Richard,  Thomas,  Adam,  Richard,  Roger),  b.  London, 
England, ;  m. . .     He  d.  before  1657;  res.  London,  England. 

424.  i.         WILLIAM,  b.  ;  m.  Elizabeth . 

425.  ii.        MARY,  b. ;  m.  Oliver  Boteler,  of  Harold,  County  Bedford. 

260.     ROBERT    FIELD    (Elnathan.    Robert,    Robert,   William,   Christopher, 

John,   Christopher,   John),   b.   Newtown,    L.   I.,  May   12,    1698;    m. ,  Elizabeth 

Hicks.  Robert  Field,  of  Newtown,  eldest  son.  named  in  the  wills  of  his  father, 
uncle  Robert  and  aunt  Phcebe.  His  own  dated  August  10,  1765.  Elizabeth  Hicks, 
his  wife,  named  in  her  husband's  will,  and  also  in  that  of  his  uncle  Robert  Field, 
Dec.  10,  1734.     He  d.  Dec.  19,  1767;  res.  Newtown,  L.  I. 

426.  i.         ELNATHAN,  b. ;  m.  Mary  Willet. 

427.  ii.        ROBERT,  b. ;  named  in  his  father's  will  and  in  that  of  his 

great  aunt,  Phoebe  Field. 

428.  iii.       BENJAMIN,  b. ;  named  in  his  lather's  will ;  removed  to  Middle- 

town.  N.  J. 

429.  iv.       JACOB,b. ;  named  in  his  father's  will;  was  assessor  April  5, 

1796;  overseer  of  the  poor,  1835  to  1842.  Hem.  Charity  Whitehead, 
dau.  of  Thomas.  Ch. :  i.  Mary;  m.  Samuel  Blackwell.  2.  Eliza- 
beth.    3.  Henry.     4,  Jacob.     The  father  d.  April  26,  1 815,  aged  82. 

430.  V.        STEPHEN,  b. ;  named  in  his  father's  will;  m.  Helena  White- 

head, dau.  of  Thomas.     Ch. :     i.  Frances.     2.  Deborah  Smith,  m. 

Van  Dorn.      3.  Sarah,  m.  Thomas  Keeler.      4.  Waters.     5. 

Hannah,  m.  Jacob  Field.  6.  Richard.  7.  Stephen,  b.  Oct.  i, 
1774;  m.  Sarah  Blackwell.    He  d.  April  15,  1828.    Ch. :    a.  Abigail 


Helen,  b. ;  m.  Cornelius  Layster.     b.  Sarah  Maria,     c.  Rob- 
ert M.,  of  New  York  city.     d.  Stephen,     e.  Cornelia. 

431.  vi.       ABIGAIL,  b.  ;  m.  Samuel  Moore.      Samuel  Moore  named  in 

will  of  Robert  Field,  Aug.  10,  1765.     Abigail  Field,  named  in  her 
father's  will. 

432.  vii.      DEBORAH,  b. ;  m.  Daniel  Betts  and  Walter  Smith.      Walter 

Smith  named  in  will  of  Robert  Field,  Aug.  10,  1765.      Deborah 
Field,  named  in  her  father's  will. 

433.  viii.     THOMAS,  b. . 

434.  ix.       WHITEHEAD,  b. ;  m.  and  had  sons,  Daniel  and  Austin. 

267.  ROBERT  FIELD  (Benjamin.  Robert,  Robert,  William,  Christopher. 
John,  Christopher,  John),  b.  Jan.  6,  1694,  Flushing,  L.  I. ;  m.  in  1721-22,  Mary  Tay- 
lor, dau.  of  Samuel  and  Susannah,  b.  March  31,  1700.  In  Book  L  of  Deeds  in  the  office 
of  the  Secretary  of  State  of  New  Jersey  at  Trenton,  page  93,  is  recorded  a  deed,  Dec. 
18,  1 721,  in  which  Nathan  Allen,  of  Monmouth  county,  gentleman,  conveys  to  Rob- 
ert Field,  of  the  county  of  Burlington,  cooper,  for  the  consideration  of  ;^8oo,  one 
certain  plantation  lying  and  being  in  the  county  of  Burlington,  etc.,  beginning  at  a 
chestnut  tree  by  river  Delaware,  thence  N.  52  degrees.  E  23^  chains  to  a  small 
black  oak,  thence  E.  23,  chains  to  a  large  white  oak  in  the  line  of  John  Albertino, 
deceased,  yeoman,  thence  south  29  degrees  13)^  chains  to  a  small  black  oak,  down 
the  road  to  Black's  bridge,  thence  down  the  creek  to  an  ash  tree,  thence  N.  W.  till 
it  intersects  Anthony  Woodward's  line,  thence  E.  27  chains  to  the  head  line  of  Rob- 
ert Murfin,  thence  W.  S.  W.  19  chains  in  ye  sd  line,  thence  N.  10  chains, 
thence  W.  15  chams  to  the  corner  of  William  Black's  lands,  thence  N.  28  chains  to 
a  small  black  oak,  thence  N.  W.  to  the  river  Delaware,  thence  down  the  several 
courses  thereof  to  the  place  of  beginning,  containing  500  acres  more  or  less.  This 
tract  contains  the  site  of  White  Hill  and  the  village  of  Fieldsboro.  Res.  White 
Hill,  Burlington  county,  N.  J. 

435.  i.         ROBERT,  b.  May  9,  1723;  m.  Mary  Peale. 

436.  ii.        SUSANNAH,  b.  Feb.  27,  1730. 

437.  iii.       SAMUEL,  b.  Feb.  — ,  1736. 

438.  iv.       TWO  other  children. 

268.  AMBROSE  FIELD  (Benjamin,  Robert,  Robert,  William,  Willam,  John. 
John,  William), b.  Newtown,  L.  I.;  m.  1705,  Susanna  Decow.  In  1705,  "Amoras," 
or  Ambrose  Field,  son  of  Benjamin,  was  married  to  Susanna  Decow.  Their  mar- 
riage certificate  having  eighty  names  appended  thereto.     Res.  Newtown,  L.  1. 

439.  i.         SUSANNA,  mentioned  in  the  will  of  her  uncle  Robert. 

440.  ii.        BENJAMIN,  b. ;  m.  Mary  Barton. 

271.  JOHN  FIELD  (Benjamin,  Anthony,  Robert,  William,  William,  John, 
John,  William),  b.  Flushing,  L.  I.,  Jan.  13,  1694;  m.  there  Jan.  12,  1720,  Elizabeth 
Woolsey,  dau.  of  John,  b.  June  24,  1769.     He  d.  March  23.  1773;  res.  Flushing,  L.  I. 

441.  i.         HANNAH,  b. ,  named  in  Flushing  record  and  d.  there  March 

20,  1773. 

272.  SAMUEL  FIELD  (Benjamin,  Anthony,  Robert,  William,  Christopher, 
John,  Christopher,  John),  b.  at  Peach  Pond,  Flushing,  L.  I.,  Oct  10,  1696;  m. 
March  7,  1718,  Mary  Palmer,  dau.  of  William,  granddaughter  of  Samuel;  she  d. 
Aug.  5,  1775.  He  was  born  in  Flushing,  L.  I.,  where  he  resided  and  where  he  was 
married.  Some  time  after  his  marriage,  about  1732,  he  moved  to  the  Oblong,  locat- 
ing on  Dingle  Ridge,  now  in  South  East,  Putnam  county,  N.  Y.,  where  his  last  child, 
Jane,  was  born.     She  was  the  first  white  child  born  on  the  Oblong.     Samuel  be- 


came  a  prosperous  farmer,  a  well  known  and  highly  respected  citizen,  and  whose 
well  preserved  house  is  still  standing.  He  was  a  Quaker  and  belonged  to  the  Soci- 
ety of  Friends. 

Another  account  says:  Samuel  appeared  on  Dingle  Ridge  on  the  Oblong  before 
1733  with  sons,  William,  John  and  Stephen,  and  daughters,  Elizabeth  and  Anna. 
He  settled  on  a  square  one  mile  north  and  south  and  seven-eighths  of  a  mile  east 
and  west,  on  the  south  side  of  the  town  of  South  East.  Dutchess  county,  N.  Y., 
since  set  off  as  a  part  of  Putnam  county.  He  was  probably  the  first  settler  on  the 
Oblong  in  South  East.  His  daughter  Jane,  bom  Aug.  18,  1733,  was  the  first  white 
child  born  on  the  Oblong.  Samuel's  will  recorded  in  the  Surrogate's  office, 
Poughkeepsie,  is  a  unique  document.  He  was  a  prominent  citizen  of  South  East ; 
was  supervisor  1754-56;  was  a  prominent  member  of  the  Society  of  Friends,  as  were 
his  children.  He  and  many  of  his  descendants  were  buried  in  the  Friends'  burying 
ground  at  Peach  Pond,  where,  unfortunately  for  us,  no  records  were  kept  and  no 
inscriptions  on  the  stones. 

He  d.  Sept.  10,  1783;  res.  Flushing,  L.  I. 

442.  i.         WILLIAM,  b.  April  15,  1721;  m.  Deborah  Boyd  and  Hannah  Van 


443.  ii.        JOHN  VAN  WYCK,  b.  March  13,  1729;  m. and  Charity 


444.  iii.       STEPHEN,  b.  Nov.  10,  1730;  m.  March  17,  1757,  Molly  Hunt,  and 

d.  s.  p. 

445.  iv.       HANNAH,  b.  June  11,  1719. 

446.  V.         ELIZABETH,  b.  Feb.  4,  1724;  m.  Elias  Palmer. 

447.  vi.       ANN,   b.  Dec.   25,    1726;  m.  Nov.  12,  1747,  David  Palmer;  she  d. 

July  12,  1794.  He  was  son  of  Obadiah  and  Anne  of  Mamaroneck, 
N.  Y.,  Westchester  county.  David  and  Anne  (Field)  Palmer  had 
ch.,  p.  194,  Ob.  Q.  Rec. :  i.  Elizabeth,  b.  June  14,  1748.  2.  John, 
b.  Oct.  23,  1750.  3.  Stephen,  b.  Dec.  23,  1752.  4.  Silvanus,  b. 
Jan.  18,  1755.    5.  Jesse,  b.  Jan.  5,  1757.    6.  David,  b.  Dec.  9,  1759. 

448.  vii.      JANE,  b.  Aug.  18,  1733;  m.  Dec.  i,  1757,  Samuel  Coe,  shed.  Jan. 

17,  1808.  Ch. :  I.  Mary,  b.  Sept.  15,  1758;  m.  Eleazer  Ryder,  b. 
South  East,  N.  Y.,  Nov.  5,  1764,  son  of  John  and  Sarah  Ryder. 
Eleazer  occupied  a  house  which  stood  on  the  corner  of  the  high- 
way from  Brewster,  N.  Y.,  to  Danbury,  Conn.  The  spot  is  marked 
by  a  huge  rock  which  formed  one  side  of  the  dwelling.  Three  of 
his  children  were  born  there.  On  May  5,  1794,  he  purchased  130 
acres,  a  portion  of  the  present  Ryder  farm  on  the  westerly  side  of 
Peach  Lake,  where  he  built  the  houses  that  form  the  present  resi- 
dence and  to  which  he  removed.  He  was  an  energetic  and  indus- 
trious farmer,  weaver,  merchant  and  marketman.  It  is  said  that 
he  often  obtained  the  money  to  pay  for  his  hired  help  on  the  farm 
by  working  wilh  his  loom  at  night.  He  kept  a  country  store  on 
his  premises  and  further  supplied  his  own  and  his  neighbors'  wants 
by  driving  a  market  wagon  thrice  a  week  to  Sing  Sing,  transport- 
ing the  surplus  products  of  the  community  to  the  Hudson  river, 
the  avenue  of  trade  with  New  York,  and  returning  with  the  man- 
ufactures that  that  locality  produced.  He  was  a  Whig,  and  all  his 
descendants  became  Republicans.  He  d.  May  25,  1840,  and  his 
wife  passed  away  June  3,  1840.  Ch. :  i.  Sarah;  m.  Benjamin 
Raymond.  A  descendant  is  Mrs.  Theodorus  B.  Nash,  of  South 
Norwalk,     Conn.       2.     Samuel ;     m.     Rozanna     Field,     dau.     of 


Stephen  and  Betsey  (Brown).    3.  Col.  Stephen;  m.  Betsy  Nichols. 
4.  Polly,  b.  May  11,  1796;  d.  unm.  June  11,  1831.    5.   Elizabeth,  d. 
unm.     6.  John,  d.  unm.     7.  Athalanah;  m.  Solomon  Crane. 
449.     viii.     SAMUEL,  b.  Feb.  3,  1740;  d.  Jan.  i,  1759. 

273.  ANTHONY  FIELD  (Benjamin,  Anthony,  Robert,  William,  Christopher, 
John,  CJiristopher,  John),  b.  at  Peach  Pond,  Flushing,  L.  I..  July  28,  1698;  m.  Aug. 
13,  1730,  Hannah  Burling.  Anthony  Field,  of  Harrison's  Purchase,  Westchester 
county,  N.  Y.,  named  in  Flushing  Record,  b.  there;  will  dated  April  21,  1773.  His 
wife  Hannah,  dau.  of  William  Burling,  of  Flushing,  m.  there;  co-executrix  of  her 
husband's  will.  Anthony  Field,  son  of  Benjamin  and  Hannah,  who  was  born  in  1698, 
and  married  Hannah  Burling,  removed  to  Harrison,  sometimes  called  '"Harrison's 
Purchase"  and  sometimes  "Purchase,"  in  1725. 

This  tract  was  bought  from  the  Indians  by  John  Harrison,  of  Flushing,  to 
whom  it  was  conveyed  by  a  deed  of  Pathungo,  sachem,  or  chief  of  the  tribe,  resid- 
ing there,  dated  Jan.  24.  1695.  It  is  in  the  county  of  Westchester,  and  about  thirty 
miles  from  New  York.  Originally  it  formed  part  of  Rye,  but  was  separated  from 
it  after  the  Indian  deed  referred  to,  and  successfully  resisted  the  claims  of  owner- 
ship made  by  this  town.  Bolton,  the  historian  of  Westchester,  says:  "Nearly  all 
the  settlers  of  this  purchase  came  from  Flushing  and  other  towns  on  Long  Island." 
And  again:  "This  seems  to  have  been  a  favorite  settlement  of  the  Friends.  They 
were  shamefully  persecuted  in  Connecticut  and  Massachusetts;  from  there  driven 
to  Long  Island.  Even  there  they  could  find  no  rest,  for  the  governor  of  New  York 
issued  an  order  forbidding  them  to  worship,  even  in  a  barn.  So  they  crossed  by 
means  of  the  ferry  to  Rye  and  settled  principally  in  Harrison."  Anthony  Field 
gave  the  ground  for  the  first  Friends  meeting  house  erected  here  in  1727,  which  land 
adjoined  his  estate.  His  will  was  dated,  "this  twenty-first  day  of  the  fourth  month 
(called  April),  1773."  After  providing  for  his  wife  Hannah,  he  directs  his  land  to 
be  sold  "that  lies  on  the  North  side  of  the  road  that  leads  from  King  street  to  White 
Plains"  ;  and  out  of  the  proceeds  certain  sums  to  be  paid  to  his  sons  Thomas,  Sam- 
uel, Anthony  and  John,  "which  will  make  them  equal  with  what  my  son  Benjamin 
hath  already  had,  which  is  eighty  pounds";  also  forty  pounds  to  son  William  and 
the  same  sum  to  daughter  Sarah  out  of  the  said  proceeds,  and  the  remamder  of 
same  to  be  equally  divided  between  his  children,  Thomas,  William  and  Sarah. 
"When  my  widdow  pleases  to  sell  the  farm,  where  I  now  live  en  the  East  side  of 
the  road  that  leads  from  the  Purchase  meeting  house  to  Rye,"  eighty  pounds  is  to 
be  paid  "to  my  son  Moses  Field,"  the  remainder  to  be  divided  equally  between  his 
— the  testator's — "widdow"  and  his  children,  except  Anthony,  who  has  had  his  full 
share.  His  land  in  Hampshire  (i.  e.,  New  Hampshire)  is  to  be  equally  divided  be- 
tween his  sons  William  and  Moses.  "My  beloved  wife  Hannah  Field  and  my  sons 
Benjamin  and  John  Field  to  be  executors."  His  death  is  entered  as  follows  in  the 
Friends'  register  of  Harrison:  "Anthony  Field  died  9th  mo.  2nd  1777,"  and  he 
was  interred  in  the  burial  ground  of  the  meeting  house  there. 

Hannah  Burling,  dau.  of  William  and  Rebecca  Burling,  of  Flushing,  was  b. 
Oct.  16,  1713,  and  m.  there  to  Anthony  Field,  June  13,  1730,  at  which  time  she  had 
not  completed  her  seventeenth  year.  Her  father,  William,  third  child  of  Edward 
and  Grace  Burling,  was  b.  in  England  Oct.  26,  1678.  This  Edward  arrived  in 
America  shortly  after,  as  appears  by  an  entry  of  the  births  of  his  seven  children  in 
the  Flushing  register  of  the  Friends,  where  it  is  stated  that  three  were  born  in  Eng- 
land and  four  in  America.  This  enables  us  to  fix  the  dale  of  his  emigration  at  from 
1673  to  1681  inclusive,  as  his  fourth  child  was  born  in  the  last  named  year,  and  was 
three  years  younger  than  the  third.  Rebecca  Burling,  the  mother  of  Hannah  Field, 
d.  Feb.  2,  1729.      The  author  does  not  know  her  maiden  name,  but  would  mention 


two  circumstances  which  may  be  of  some  help  in  ascertaining  it.  Her  husband 
William,  in  his  will,  which  is  recorded  at  the  Surrogate's  office.  New  York,  gives 
to  "my  daughter  Hannah  Field,"  besides  a  bequest  of  money,  "a  chest  whi^h  was 
her  mother's  marked  R.  S.,"  and  to  Sarah  Bloodgood,  another  daughter  by  his  wife 
Rebecca,  "a  silver  porringer  which  was  their  mother's,  marked  E.  S.  M."  William 
Burling  m.  a  second  wife,  Mary,  who  survived  him,  and  is  mentioned  in  his  will. 
He  d.,  according  to  the  Friends'  register  of  Flushing,  Aug.  lo,  1743.  (The  last 
figure  is  indistinct.)  The  following  is  the  entry  of  his  widow's  death:  "Mary  Burl- 
ing, widow  of  William  Burling,  dyed  25th  day,  8th  mo.,  i747-"  Her  will,  also  at 
New  York,  was  dated  Sept.  4,  1746.  This  family  gave  the  name  to  "Burling  Slip," 
New  York,  having  obtained  a  grant  of  land  in  the  vicinity  in  1737.  Watson  says, 
in  his  "Annals  of  New  York":  "Burling  Slip  was  so  called  after  a  respectable 
family  of  that  name,  living  at  the  corner  of  Smith's  Vly  (now  Pearl  street),  and 
Golden  Hill."  Probably  the  family  referred  to  was  that  of  Edward  Burling,  eldest 
brother  of  William,  whose  will,  dated  Feb.  14,  1744,  describes  him  as  "merchant  of 
New  York." 

He  d.  Sept.  2,  1778;  res,  Harrison's  Purchase,  Westchester  county,  N.  Y. 

THOMAS,  b. ;  d.  s.  p. 

BENJAMIN,  b.  1732;  m.  Jerusha  Sutton. 

JOHN,  b.  1731;  m.  Lydia  Hazard. 

WILLIAM,  b. ;  m.  Mary  Hatfield. 

MOSES,  b. ;  d.  in  infancy. 

ANTHONY,  b.  about  1734;  m.  Mary  French. 

SAMUEL,  b. ;  m.  Abigail  Haight. 

SARAH,  b. ;  m.  Joseph  Waters. 

MARY,  b. ;  d.  in  infancy. 

JOSEPH  FIELD  (Benjamin,  Anthony,  Robert,  William,  Christopher, 
John,  Christopher,  John),  b.  Flushing,  L.  I.,  June  12,  1702;  m.  Molly  Denton.  He 
went  to  Dingle  in  1740,  and  was  known  there  as  "The  Old  Standard."  Samuel's 
brother  Joseph  m.  Mary,  dau.  of  Solomon  and  Athalana  (Clay)  Denton,  and  settled 
seven  or  eight  years  later  on  the  next  square  south  of  Samuel,  in  North  Salem, 
Westchester  county.  His  children  were,  Solomon,  Nehemiah,  Joseph,  Gilbert, 
Nancy,  Comfort,  Elnathan,  Mary,  Hannah  and  Rebecca.  Those  of  his  children 
who  married  settled  in  the  same  neighborhood.  I  suppose  his  will,  if  he  made  one, 
is  recorded  at  White  Plains.  Westchester  county.  He  may  not  have  made  a  will, 
as  he  was  blind  in  his  old  age.  He  d.  in  1793;  res.  Flushing,  L.  I.,  and  Dingle, 
N.  Y. 

SOLOMON,  b.  1738;  m.  Betty  Vail. 

NEHEMIAH,  b. ;  d.  unm. 

JOSEPH,  b. ;  d.  unm. :  he  was  an  officer  in  the  Revolutionary 


GILBERT,  b.. ;  m.  Hepsibeth  Ryder. 

NANCY,  b. ;  m.  Joseph  Bailey. 

COMFORT,  b. ;  d.  unm. 

ELNATHAN,  b. ;  m.  Jane  Palmer. 

MARY,  b. ;  m.  David  Waring. 

HANNAH,  b. ;  d.  unm. 

REBECCA,  b. ;  m.  Oct.  8,  1797,  David  Palmer,  son  of  David 

and  Anne  (Field),  b.  Dec.  8,  1759;  d.  Nov.  27,  1845. 

275.     ROBERT  FIELD  (Benjamin,  Anthony,  Robert,  William,  Christopher, 
John,  Christopher,  John),  b.  Flushing,  L.  I.,  Sept.  7,  1707;  m.  Nov.  12,  1729,  Re- 










































becca  lauding,  dau.  of  William;  d.  Feb.  2,  1736;  m.,  2d.  Abigail  Sutton,  dau.  of 
Joseph.  The  wife  of  Robert  Field  was  Rebecca,  dau.  of  Ebenezer  Burling,  of  Long 
Island.  Their  dau.  Sarah  Burling  m.  Isaac  Underhill.  For  a  second  wife  Robert 
Field  m.  Abigail  Sutton,  dau.  of  Joseph  and  Mary  Sutton.  He  d.  Feb.  2,  1737; 
res.  Flushing,  L.  I. 

469.  i.         SARAH,  b.  ;  m.  Aug.  18,  1756,  Isaac  Underhill  at  Harrison's 


470.  ii.        URIAH,  b. ;  m.  Mary  Quimby. 

471.  iii.      JERUSHA,   b. ;    m.    Oct.    15,   1760,    Stephen    Field,   son   of 

Nathan.     She  d.  about  1792.      Ch. :     i.    Jesse  Field.      2.    Oliver 

Field.     3.  David  Field.      4.  Phebe  Field;   m. Haviland.     5. 

Elizabeth  Field;  m.  probably Carpenter. 

278.  JUDGE  JEREMIAH  FIELD  (John,  Anthony,  Robert,  William,  Christo- 
pher, John,  Christopher,  John),  b.  May  17,  1689;  m.  Feb.  19,  1712,  Mrs.  Marytje  Van 
Vieghton*,  b.  Oct.  8,  1687,  widow  of  Albert  Teneicke.  She  d.  Aug.  28,  1742. 
Marytje  Van  Vechten,  wife  of  Jeremiah  Field,  was  dau.  of  Michiel  Van  Vechten, 
the  first  son  of  Dirck  Tennisef ,  and  Jarmetje  Vrelant.  Michiel  (above)  was  b.  at 
Greenbush,  opposite  Albany,  N.  Y.,  Nov.  28,  1663,  and  m.,  ist,  Marytje  Parker, 
Nov.  21,  1686;  she  d.  July,  1690.  Tennis  Dirckse  Van  Vechten  came  to  the  New 
Netherlands  in  the  ship  Arms  of  Norway,  1638,  with  wife  and  child  and  two  serv- 
ants. He  came  from  Vechten,  Holland.  Jeremiah  Field  came  with  his  father  John 
Field  to  New  Jersey  in  1695;  was  commissioned  a  lieutenant  of  Col.  Thos.  Farmer's 
Company  in  Piscataway,  Middlesex  county,  N.  J.,  Sept.  28,  1713.  In  1741  he  was 
judge  of  the  Common  Pleas  and  Quarter  Sessions  of  the  Peace,  p.  496,  History  of 

Union  and  Somerset  Counties.     He  m. .     All  the  sons  of  Jeremiah  Field  are 

buried  m  the  family  cemetery  on  the  John  D.  Field  place,  excepting  Michael,  v,-ho 
is  buried  in  the  churchyard  of  the  Presbyterian  church  in  Bound  Brook. 

At  the  Lenox  Library  in  New  York  there  may  be  seen  an  old  Dutch  Bible 
printed  in  Amsterdam  in  the  year  1603,  which,  notwithstanding  its  great  age,  is  in  a 
very  good  state  of  preservation,  except  that  the  title  pages  to  both  the  Old  and 
New  Testaments  are  missing.  This  Bible  bears  dates  of  family  history  as  far  back 
as  1634.  These  records  are  in  Dutch,  and  refer  to  the  Van  Vechten  family,  in  whose 
possession  the  book  undoubtedly  was  for  many  years.  It  is  probable  that  it  came 
into  use  as  the  Field  family  Bible  at  the  time  of  the  marriage  of  Marytje  Van  Vech- 
ten, dau.  of  Michael  Van  Vechten,  to  Jeremiah  Field.  After  the  record  of  the 
births  of  Jeremiah  Field  and  of  Mary  Van  Vechten  and  prior  to  the  record  of  their 
marriage,  there  are  recorded  the  births  of  two  children  of  Mary  by  her  first  hus- 
band, Albert  Teneicke ;  then  follows  the  record  of  the  births  of  the  Field  children. 
In  18 17  this  old  Bible  was  presented  to  the  American  Bible  Society,  in  whose  custody 
it  has  been  ever  since.  The  two  cuts  here  shown  are  reproductions  from  photo- 
graphs recently  taken  by  Mr.  John  S.  Bussing,  one  of  the  descendants  of  "Jeremiah 
Field  and  Mary  his  wife."  They  add  much  interest  to  the  family  record.  The  fol- 
lowing shows  more  clearly  the  record  of  the  Field  family  as  to  names  and  dates 

♦Richard  I.  Field  had  in  his  records  which  he  obtained  from  his  uncle  Dennis  that  Jeremiah 
Field  married  Feb.  19,  1711,  Mary  Teneicke.  Both  of  the  names  were  familiar  in  the  family. 
A  silver  bodkin  found  in  the  "Old  House"  is  engraved  with  the  initials  "M.  V.  V."  It  is  my 
opinion  that  Teneicke  was  either  her  middle  name — Mary  Teneicke  Van  Vieghton — or  she  was 
a  widow  when  Jeremiah  married  her.  This  latter  supposition  I  should  give  the  preference,  as 
she  was  two  years  older  than  Jeremiah.  Then  she  was  Mrs.  Mary  Van  Vieghton  Teneicke.  — 
F.  C.  P.  Her  children  by  her  first  husband  were:  1.  Jane,  b.  Oct.  6,  1708.  2.  Albert,  b.  April 
11,  1711. 

tMichiel  settled  in  Somerset  county,  on  Raritan  river,  1685,  and  was  the  first  Van  Vechten 
in  New  Jersey.    He  was  one  of  the  associate  judges  of  Somerset  county,  1711. 


than  can  be  seen  in  the  page  of  the  miniature  Bible  herewith  shown.  "Jeremiah 
Field,  the  son  of  John  Field  and  Margaret  his  wife,  was  born  May  17,  in  the  year 
1689.  Mary  Van  Vechten,  the  daughter  of  Michael  Van  Vechten  and  Mary  his  wife, 
was  born  October  8,  1687.  Jeremiah  Field  and  Mary  Van  Vechten  (widow 
of  Albert  Teneicke),  were  married  February  19,  1 712-13.  Jeremiah  Field  and 
Mary  his  wife  had  following  children  (see  record  in  Bible  in  full).  Jeremiah, 
b.  Jan,  27,  1713-14;  John,  b.  April  5,  1715;  Michael,  b.  Aug.  24,  1716;  Margaret, 
b.  Oct.  2,  1717;  Mary,  b.  Sept.  8,  1719;  May,  b.  Oct.  19.  1720;  Michael,  b.  Feb.  4, 
1722-23;  Benjamin,  b.  Feb.  19, 1724-25."  On  one  of  the  pages  someone  had  written 
"this  is  Jeremiah  Field's  book,"  and  it  is  easily  understood  why  he  had  a  Dutch 
Bible,  He  married  a  Dutch  young  lady,  and  probably  her  parents  gave  her  this 
book  when  she  married  Mr,  Field.  The  Van  Vechtens  were  a  leading  family  at 
that  time  in  that  region.  It  was  at  the  old  brick  house  of  the  half-brother  of  Mary- 
tje  (now  standing)  that  Washington  attended  a  reception  in  honor  of  Miss  Schuyler. 
During  the  Revolution  this  homestead  was  the  center  of  a  bounteous  hospitality. 
On  one  occasion  General  Washington  danced  for  three  hours  with  Mrs.  Greene,  wife 
of  General  Greene,  without  sitting  down.  Of  course,  this  house  had  nothing  to  do 
with  the  Fields.  It  is  interesting  to  note,  however,  that  as  soon  as  Jeremiah  Field 
married  into  this  circle  he  received  a  commission  as  lieutenant;  he  was  probably 
much  in  this  social  and  military  life.    He  d.  Nov.  10,  1746;  res.  Bound  Brook.  N.  J. 

472.     i.         JEREMIAH,  b.  Jan.  27,  1713;  m.  Phoebe .  He  m.  and  had  one 

dau.,  b.  Jan.  19,  1736.  They  resided  on  the  Stephen  Voorhees 
Place.  Jeremiah,  at  the  beginning  of  the  troubles  resulting  in  the 
Revolutionary  war.  we  find  acting  in  concert  with  the  true  men  of 
the  land.  He  served  on  township  and  county  committees  of  corre- 
spondence, and  in  other  ways  operating  with  similar  organizations 
in  the  colonies  in  the  common  cause  of  liberty.  The  history  of  this 
branch  of  the  family  since  its  identification  with  New  Jersey  is,  as 
before,  both  in  this  country  and  in  England,  marked  with  true 
energetic  manliness  and  good  citizenship;  always  striving  for  the 
best  interests  of  society,  loving  liberty  with  a  determination  to 
have  it.  Owner  of  large  landed  property  situated  along  the  banks 
of  the  Raritan,  his  attention  was  mostly  given  to  the  cultivation 
of  the  soil,  at  the  same  time  advocating  and  executing  measures 
tending  to  improve  and  benefit  the  community. 

JOHN,  b.  April  5,  1714;  m. . 

MICHAEL,  b.  Aug.  24,  17 16:  d.  in  infancy. 

MARGARET,  b.  Oct.  2,  171 7;  m. ,  Van  Deventer. 

MARY,  b.  Sept.  8,  1719;  d.  in  infancy. 

MARY,  b.  Oct.  19,  1720;  m.  George  Rapleyea  and  Jacob  Boice. 
MICHAEL,  b.  Feb.  4,  1723;  m.  two  sisters  named  Williamson;  no 
i.ssue;  res.  on  the  "Mill  Property,"  Bound  Brook,  N.  J,  Michael 
Field  was  owner  of  the  flourishing  mill  near  Bound  Brook,  and  was 
particularly  noted  for  his  large-hearted  generosity  and  penetrating 
foresight;  his  footsteps  are  yet  seen,  and  the  effects  of  his  benev- 
olence are  still  felt  and  enjoyed  in  the  neighborhood  where  he 
lived.  He  gave  largely  in  real  estate  and  by  will,  in  money,  to 
the  Presbyterian  church  at  Bound  Brook  and  for  public  benefit. 
At  the  outbreak  of  the  Revolution  (1775)  the  able  and  hardy  of  the 
generations,  then  living  of  the  family,  to  a  man,  sided  with  the 
patriots  of  the  colonies,  serving  on  committees  of  safety,  meeting 














in  the  councils  of  the  people,  sacrificing  time  and  their  blood  in 
the  cause  of  liberty. 

The  Scotch  and  English  multiplied  in  this  vicinitj',  and  by  the 
year  1700  they  were  in  sufhcient  numbers  to  warrant  forming  the 
"Presbyterian  Congregation  of  Bound  Brook,"  which  before  long 
became  one  of  the  most  flourishing  and  important  religious  organi- 
zations in  the  colony.  We  have  no  record  of  where  the  first  services 
were  held — probably  in  one  of  the  log  dwellings  that  were  distrib- 
uted along  the  willow-fringed  banks  of  the  river.  It  was  not  until 
1725  that  the  congregation  erected  its  first  edifice,  a  low  one-story 
house  which  stood  within  the  present  church  grounds,  and  was 
preserved  until  far  m  this  century,  the  uses  of  its  later  years  being 
that  of  a  school  house.  Itinerant  preachers  served  the  needs  of 
the  people  until  1741,  when  the  Rev.  James  McCrea  was  appointed 
by  the  Presbytery  as  a  supply,  which  service  he  continued  until 
1749.  A  second  and  more  pretentious  building  was  completed 
about  the  year  1760,  the  funds  having  been  obtained  from  the  pro- 
ceeds of  a  public  lotterj'. 

Affixed  to  the  walls  of  the  present  church  edifice  is  a  tablet 
showing  the  first  settled  minister  of  the  congregation  to  have  been 
the  Rev.  Israel  Read.  He  was  called  to  the  pastorate  in  1750,  "in 
which  he  was  faithful  to  his  Divine  Master  to  the  death."  In 
November,  1793,  he  was  thrown  from  his  carriage  while  riding 
near  New  Brunswick,  receiving  injuries  of  which  three  days  later 
he  died.  Judging  from  the  congregational  records  it  would  seem 
that  members  of  the  Field  family  have,  from  the  founding  of  this 
religious  society,  been  among  its  most  active  supporters  and  ben- 
efactors. A  portion  of  the  church  grounds  was  conveyed  by 
Benjamin  and  Jeremiah  Field  in  the  year  1749,  and  the  large 
church  Bible  which  bears  a  London  imprint  of  1772,  has  on  its  leaf, 
in  the  handwriting  of  the  Rev.  Mr.  Read,  the  following.  "Mr. 
Michael  Field's  book  1784  he  Presents  to  the  Reverend  Mr.  Read, 
being  the  Second  Small  Legacy  made  by  him  to  the  Church  at 
Bound  Brook.  Pris- 1-8-0."  Michael  Field  d.  Jan.  13,  1792;  a  copy 
of  his  will,  in  iny  possession,  shows  that  he  bequeathed  one  thou- 
sand pounds  to  the  trustees  of  the  congregation,  the  interest  of 
which  was  to  be  applied  "towards  supporting  the  gospell  in  the 
Presbiterian  Church  at  Bound  Brook."  Healso  left  the  sum  of 
five  hundred  pounds  for  the  support  of  a  free  school  within  the 
congregation.  This  was  not  the  first  one  of  the  village.  The 
Scotch  Presbyterians  held  the  school  almost  in  equal  estimation 
with  the  church ;  schoolmasters  were  brought  from  the  old  country 
and  early  established  in  the  East  Jersey  settlements.  In  1752, 
when  Johannes  visited  Bound  Brook,  John  Wacker  taught  the 
village  children  in  a  low  one-story  building  within  the  present 
church  grounds.  Doubtless  the  colonial  lads  found  that  peda- 
gogue's name  to  be  appropriate  to  his  calling,  for  schoolmasters  of 
the  olden  time  considered  that  mental  perceptions  were  precipi- 
tated by  knuckles  and  palms  being  well  ridged  by  hard  rulers. 
One  of  the  first  teachers  in  the  free  academy  established  by  the 
bequest  of  Michael  Field  was  Isaac  Toucey,  who  afterwards  was 
secretary  of  war  under  Buchanan's  administration. 














BENJAMIN,  b.  Feb.  19,  1725;  m.  Margaret  De  Groot. 
RICHARD,  b.  Oct.  31,  1726;  m.  Elizabeth  Smock. 
SARAH,   b.   Oct.    15.  1728;  m.  John  Pool;    they  had  a  son  in  the 

482.  xi.       HANNAH,  b.   Feb.    14,  1730;  m.  John  Garrish;  they  had  a  son  in 

the  Revolution. 

483.  xii.      TUNES,  b.  about  1732;  m,  March  28,  1764,  Margaret  Fisher. 

282.  NATHAN  FIELD  (Thomas,  Benjamin,  Robert,  William,  Christopher, 
John,  Christopher,  John),  b.  Flushing,  L.  I.,  Sept.  30,  1703;  m.  Dec.  10,  1725,  Eliz- 
abeth Jackson,  dau.  of  James  and  Rebecca.     Res.  Flushing,  L.  I. 

283.  CALEB  FIELD  (Thomas,  Benjamin,  Robert,  William,  Christopher,  John, 
Christopher,  John),  b.  Flushing,  L.  I.,  Nov.  5,  1705;  m.  there  Anne  Rodman. 
Caleb  Field,  son  of  Thomas  and  Hannah,  m.  Anne  Rodman,  who  was  probably  a 
sister  of  his  brother  Joseph's  wife.     He  d.  before  1783 ;  res.  Flushing,  L.  1. 

THOMAS,  b.  July  28,  1747. 


MARY,  b. ;  m.  Nov.  8,  1787,  Walter  Farrington,  son  of  John 

and  Ann,  of  Flushing. 

487.  iv.       ANNE,   b. ;  ra.    Feb.  20.  1783.  John  Bowne,  son  of  John  and 

Dmah.  "To  the  monthly  meeting  to  be  held  at  New  York  5  d. 
2  m.  1783  (Quaker  meeting).  Dear  Friends:  These  may  inform 
you  that  I  am  consenting  to  the  marriage  of  my  Daughter  Anne 
to  John  Bowne.  From  your  Friend,  Anne  Field.  Flushing,  4th 
of  the  2d  month." 

488.  V.         PHILIP,  b. . 

28g.  JOSEPH  FIELD  (Thomas,  Benjamin,  Robert,  William,  Christopher, 
John,  Christopher,  John),  b.  Flushing,  L.  I.,  Feb.  29,  1722;  m.  June  16.  1750,  Mary 
Rodman,  dau.  of  Thomas  and  Elizabeth,  b.  1729;  she  d.  Aug.  23,  1751.  Res. 
Flushing,  L.  1. 

489.  i.         RODMAN,  b.  Aug.  2,  1751. 

290.  THOMAS  FIELD  (Thomas,  Henry,  John,  John,  John,  Richard,  William, 
William,  Thomas.  Thomas,  John,  Thomas,  Roger),  b.  Cockernhoe,  Hertfordshire, 
England,  about  1681 ;  m.  there  M.  Rudd.  He  d.  June,  1746.  Res.  Cockernhoe, 

490.  i.         THOMAS,  b.  Nov.  26,  1703;  m.  M.  Rudd. 

491.  ii.        OTHER  children. 

291.  JOHN  FIELD  (Thomas,  Henry,  John,  John,  John,  Richard,  William, 
William,  Thomas.  Thomas,  John,  Thomas,  Roger),  b.  Cockernhoe,  Hertfordshire, 
England,  Nov.  15,  1683;  m.  there  Oct.  16,  1716,  E.  Waters.  He  d.  Dec.  13,  1740; 
res.  Cockernhoe,  England. 

492.  i.         JOHN,  b.  Jan.  — ,  1719;  m.  Anne  Cromwell. 

493.  ii.        THOMAS,  b.  Sept.  4,  1731;  m.  Feb.  5,  1763,  Sibella  Field. 

292.  NATHANIEL  FIELD  (Thomas,  Henry,  John,  John,  John,  Richard,  Wil- 
liam, William,  Thomas,  Thomas.  John,  Thomas,  Roger),  b.  Cockernhoe,  Hertford- 
shire, England.  Nov.  g,  1685;  m.  Oct.  8,  1717,  E.  Southgate;  d.  June  4,  1755.  Res. 
Cockernhoe,  England. 

494.  i.  ELIZABETH,  b.  Aug.  31,  1719;  d.  Sept.  20,  1729. 

495.  li.        NATHANIEL,  b.  Dec.  8,  1720;  d. . 

496.  iii.       THOMAS,  b.  Feb.  6,  1722;  d.  . 

497.  iv.       ROBERT,  b.  March  28,  1726;  d.  Dec.  10,  1747. 


498.  V.         HENRY,  b.  Aug.  31,  1727;  d.  April  10,  1728 

499.  vi.       JUDITH,  b.  Jan.  4,  1730;  d.  Aug.  20,  1731. 

293.  ISAAC  FIELD  (Thomas,  Henry,  John,  John,  John,  Richard,  William, 
William.  Thomas,  Thomas,  John,  Thomas,  Roger),  b.  Cockernhoe,  Hertfordshire, 
England,  July  29.  1687;  m.  Jan.  28.  1713,  M.  Gartick;  d.  Sept.  18,  1729.  Res. 
Cockernhoe,  England. 

500.  i.         ISAAC,  b.  Dec.  14,  1714;  d.  Feb.  7,  1730. 

501.  ii.        MARY,  b.  Feb.  5,  1717;  d.  Feb.  14,  1723. 

502.  iii.       BENJAMIN,  b.  June  21,  1721 ;  m.  Ann  Undershell. 

294.  WILLIAM  FIELD  (Thomas,  Henry.  John,  John,  John,  Richard,  Wil- 
liam, William.  Thomas,  Thomas,  John,  Thomas,  Roger),  b.  Cockernhoe,  Hertford- 
shire. England.  April  22,  1691;  m.  Dec.  22,  1722,  E.  Stackhouse;  d.  June  7,  1759- 
Res.  Cockernhoe,  England. 

503.  i.         JOHN,  b.  June.  16,  1727;  m.  M.  Robinson. 

504.  ii.        WILI,IAM,  b.  May  20,  1729;  m.  A.  Bailey. 

295.  SAMUEL  FIELD  (Ebenezer,  Zechariah,  Zechariah,  John,  John.  Richard. 
William,  William),  b.  East  Guilford.  Conn.,  Jan.  12,  1704;  m.  Dec.  15,  1735.  Bethiah 
Johnson,  of  Norwich,  Conn.;  d.  April  13,  1776.  He  d.  in  17S3;  res.  East  Guilford, 

SAMUEL,  b.  Jan.  17,  1737;  m.  Submit  Willard. 
JOHN,  b.  June  11,  1740;  he  was  killed  at  Fort  Ticonderoga;  one 
account  says  October,  1759;  another,  Nov.  6,  1775. 

DANIEL,  b.  Nov.  11,  1742;  m.  Bethsheba . 

JOAREB,  b.  April  3,  1745;  m.  Hannah  Crampton  and  Mrs.  Anna. 

S.  Batchley. 
JOSHUA,  b.  Feb.  20,  1750;  m.  Mrs.  Submit  (Field)  Collins. 
LUKE,  b.  Feb.  4,  1753;  m.  Patience  Griswold. 
510^.  vii.     JOHN,  b. ;  d.  young. 

296.  ENSIGN  DAVID  FIELD  (Ebenezer,  Zechariah,  Zechariah,  John.  John, 
Richard,  William,  William),  b.  East  Guilford  (now  Madison),  Conn.,  Dec.  2,  1697; 
m.  Jan.  13,  1720,  Anna  Bishop,  dau.  of  John;  b.  Feb.  15,  1695;  m.,  2d,  May  17,  1731, 
Catherine  Bishop,  dau.  of  Samuel,  b.  July  23,  1710;  m.,  3d,  Feb.  20,  1742,  Mrs. 
Abigail  (Tyler)  Strong,  of  Branford,  Conn.,  b.  1705;  d.  Dec.  23,  1783;  widow  of 
Jedediah.  He  settled  in  the  north  part  of  Madison,  probably  as  early  as  1720,  in  a 
district  which,  as  it  was  yet  uncleared,  was  called  "The  Woods,"  where  he  soon 
after  erected  a  frame  house  of  two  stories,  that  was  literally  founded  on  a  rock,  as 
it  is  standing  to  this  day.  The  assembly  of  Connecticut  in  1747  at  the  May  session 
"do  establish  and  confirm  Mr.  David  Field  to  be  Ensign  of  the  6th  Company  or  train 
band  in  the  7th  Regiment  in  this  Colony  and  order  that  he  be  commissioned  accord- 
ingly."     He  d.  Feb.  6,  1770.     Res.  East  Guilford,  Conn. 

511.     i.         SARAH,  b.  Dec.  12,^1722;  m.  Sept.  10,  1740,  Nathaniel  Crampton, 
of  East  Guilford. 
BENJAMIN,  b.  Nov.  20,  1736;  d.  Dec.  — ,  1745. 
DAVID,  b.  July  31,  1728;  m.  Anne  Stone. 
ICHABOD,  b.  Jan.  8,  1731;  d.  March  30,  1751. 
ANNA,  b.  Jan.   12,  1732;  m.  June  26,  1754,  Ebenezer  Bartlett,  of 

East  Guilford. 
SAMUEL,  b.  Feb.  20,  1734;  m.  Mary  Dickinson. 
EBENEZER.  b.  April  18.  1736;  m.  Rachel  Scranton. 
TIMOTHY,  b.  March  12,  1744;  m.  Anna  Dudley. 






































519.  ix.        ABIGAIL,  b.  Aug.  19,  1745;  m.  Neri  Crampton.    He  settled  first  in 

Litchfield,  Conn.;  in  1774  removed  to  Tinmouth,  Vt.,  where  he 
died.  He  was  in  the  battle  of  Ticonderoga,  May  10,  1775.  At  the 
time  Arnold  claimed  command  of  the  expedition,  the  Green  Moun- 
tain boys  refused  to  go  under  any  one  but  their  chosen  commander. 
Col.  Ethan  Allen.  He  was  captured  at  the  battle  of  Skeenesboro, 
in  August,  1777  and  paroled,  notwithstanding  was  in  the  battle  of 
Bennington,  Aug.  16,  1777. 

520.  X.         CATHERINE,  b.  Aug.  19.  1745;  m.  Ambrose  Graves  and  d.  Nov. 

20,  1777. 

521.  xi.        MIND  WELL.  b.  Oct.  14,  1747;  d.  Sept.  5,  1763. 

298.  EBENEZER  FIELD  (Ebenezer,  Zechariah,  Zechariah,  John,  John, 
Richard,  William,  William),  b.  East  Guilford,  Conn.,  about  1706;  m.  Oct.  30,  1728, 
Hannah  Evarts,  b.  Oct.  30,  1710;  d.  Jan.  2,  1737;  m.,  2d,  Oct.  16,  1737,  Margaret 
Evarts,  b.  Aug.  22,  1711;  d.  May  28,  174S;  m.,  3d,  Jan.  5,  1749,  Deborah  Hall,  b. 
Oct.  27,  1704;  d.  April  6,  1753;  m. ,  4th,  Nov.  21,  1753,  Hannah  Mills,  b.  1732;  was 
daughter  of  Deacon  Joseph  Mills  and  Hannah  Adams,  his  wife,  of  Simsbury,  Conn. 
(For  Mills,  Adams,  Phelps,  Griswold  ancestery  of  his  wife  see  Stiles'  "Ancient, 
Windsor,  Conn.")     Res.  Norfolk,  Conn. 

EBENEZER,  b.  Oct.  13,  1729;  d.  May  13,  1734. 

HANNAH,   b.   March  23,    1733;  m.   Jan.  13,  1751,  Samuel  Teal,  of 

East  Guilford. 
EBENEZER,  b.  1739;  m.  Anna  Field. 

NATHANIEL,  b.  1741;  m. . 

DEBORAH,  b.  1755 ;  m.  I.  Plumbly  and  Elijah  Buttolph,  of  Canaan, 
527.  vi.  BETHIAH,  b.  Oct.  9,  1756;  m.  John  Bunn.  John  Bunn  served 
under  Col.  Frederick  Fisher  in  a  New  York  regiment  in  the  Rev- 
olution. (For  sketch  of  John  Bunn,  see  article  in  American 
Monthly  Magazine,  about  three  years  ago,  by  Annette  Fitch 
Brewer,  of  Sandusky,  O.  For  his  Revolutionary  services  see 
New  York  State  Archives.)  He  was  corporal  in  Captain  McAllis- 
ter's company.  Third  New  York  battalion.  (See  lineage  of  Alta 
D.  W.  Fitch  in  vol.  viii.,  D.  A.  R.  Lineage  Book.)  Ch. :  i. 
Hannah  M.  Bunn,  b.  in  Norfolk,  Conn.,  May  11,  1784;  m.  Rev. 
Jonathan  David  Winchester,  Oct.  6,  1811.  (See  Steam's  "His- 
tory of  Ashburnham,  Mass.")  He  was  a  Presbyterian  minister  of 
some  celebrity;  preached  at  Madrid  and  Waddington,  N.  Y., 
1811-21 ;  Brighton,  N.  Y.,  1S21-25,  and  m  Ohio  several  years.  He 
d.  in  Madison,  O.,  Aug.  17,  1835.  She  m.,  2d,  May  2,  1842, 
Joseph  B.  Cowles,  who  d.  in  1S54.  She  d.  at  Staceyville,  Iowa, 
Jan.  23,  1876.  Ch.  by  Mr.  Winchester:  ix.  PhilanderWinches- 
ter,  b.  Madrid,  N.  Y.,  Oct.  4,  1812;  m.  in  1838,  Elizabeth  Oilman 
Calkins,  of  Stowe,  Vt.,  dau.  of  Rev.  Charles  Calkins,  of  Water- 
bury,  Vt,  and  Lakewood,  near  Cleveland,  O.,  and  his  wife, 
Marian  Oilman,  dau.  of  Nicholas  and  Elizabeth  Oilman,  of 
Exeter,  N.  H.  (See  Oilman  Genealogy,  p.  242.)  They  had  nine 
children  as  follows:  (a)  Alta  D.  Winchester,  b.  Plainville,  Lake 
county.  O.,  Sept.  11,  1839;  m.  Oct.  27,  1863,  Hon.  Edward  Hub- 
bard Fitch,  of  Ashtabula,  O.  (See  "One  Thousand  Years  of  Hub- 
bard History,  p.  454.)  He  was  son  of  Hon.  Oramel  Hinckley 
Fitch,  a  relative  of  Rev.   James  Fitch  and  Maj.  John  Mason,  of 

1^.  ^A^f  fttp.^i^V-  ^^'ilJs. 

H.  M.  S.  "Marathon,"  East  Indies. 
See  pase  31. 

See  page  192. 

See  page  193. 

See  page  193. 


Norwich,  Conn.,  1660.  (See  Stiles'  "Ancient  Windsor.")  Hon, 
Edward  Hubbard  Fitch,  who  was  for  years  conspicuous  in  law, 
science  and  politics,  was  born  at  Ashtabula,  O.  His  father,  Hon. 
Oramel  Hinckley  Fitch,  a  lawyer  and  man  of  affairs,  was  born 
in  Connecticut,  and  his  ancestors  were  English.  His  mother, 
Cathenne  M.  Hubbard,  was  a  native  of  Trenton,  New  York  State, 
whose  parents  formerly  resided  in  Middletown,  Conn.,  were  like- 
wise of  English  descent.  At  an  early  age  Edward  was  sent  to 
the  grammar  school  at  St.  Catherine's,  Canada,  where  he  was 
prepared  tor  college.  In  1854  he  entered  Williams  College  and 
was  graduated  with  honors  in  1858,  being  one  of  the  class  orators. 
While  at  college  he  was  the  president  of  the  Natural  History 
Societj'.  After  receiving  his  degree  of  Bachelor  of  Arts  he 
returned  to  Ashtabula  and  at  once  entered  his  father's  office, 
where  he  began  the  study  of  law.  He  was  admitted  to  the  bar 
by  the  District  Court  of  Cuyahoga  county  in  September,  i860. 
The  following  year  Williams  College  conferred  upon  him  the 
degree  ot  A.  M.  He  commenced  practice  at  once  alone,  but  in  a 
short  time  formed  a  copartnership  with  his  father,  which  contin- 
ued until  Jan.  i,  1863,  when  his  father  retired  from  practice,  He 
then  formed  a  partnership  with  Judge  Horace  Wilder,  afterwards 
a  judge  of  the  Supreme  Court  of  Ohio,  under  the  name  of  Wilder 
&  Fitch.  This  continued  until  the  December  following,  when 
Mr.  Wilder  was  appointed  to  the  Supreme  Court  bench.  He  then 
practiced  alone  until  Juh',  1864,  when  he  became  a  partner  of 
Judge  L.  S.  Sherman,  who  at  this  time  is  the  oldest  practitioner 
in  this  county.  In  186S  this  firm  was  dissolved,  and  he  was 
again  alone  until  1878,  when  he  formed  a  partnership  with  Hon. 
S.  A.  Northway,  now  Congressman  from  this  district.  In  the  tall 
of  1878  he  removed  to  Jefferson,  Ashtabula  county,  where  he 
has  continued  to  reside.  Ten  years  later  this  partnership  was 
dissolved,  and  he  remained  alone  until  Sept.  i,  1896,  when  he 
formed  a  copartnership  with  his  son,  Winchester  Fitch,  with 
offices  at  Jefferson  and  Ashtabula,  the  son  being  in  charge  of  the 
Ashtabula  office.  In  1S70  Mr.  Fitch  was,  by  Gov.  R.  B.  Hayes, 
appointed  delegate  from  the  Nineteenth  District  to  the  National 
Capital  Convention,  at  Cincinnati,  and  in  the  same  year  he  was 
admitted  to  practice  in  the  Supreme  Court  of  the  United  States 
upon  the  motion  of  James  A.  Garfield,  who  had  been  his  friend 
since  college  days.  Mr.  Fitch  has  for  years  enjoyed  one  of  the 
largest  law  practices  of  the  lawyers  of  north-eastern  Ohio.  He 
is  a  lawyer  of  great  ability,  and  has  the  reputation  of  conducting 
a  case  with  great  skill.  His  arguments  to  the  court  are  always 
clear,  strong  and  to  the  point,  omitting  nothing  essential  to  a 
complete  statement  and  containing  no  surplusage.  Before  the 
jury  he  is  both  forcible  and  persuasive,  evincing  the  art  and 
power  of  the  advocate.  He  has  been  most  successful  with  his 
cases  on  error,  and  has  won  a  large  majority  of  the  cases  he  has 
argued  in  the  Supreme  Court.  His  practice,  while  it  has  often 
been  of  necessity  of  a  general  character,  has  had  much  to  do  with 
the  insurance  and  real  estate  law.  Mr.  Fitch  is  politically  a 
Republican.      His   first  vote  was  cast  for  Lincoln,  and  he  has 


always  taken  an  active  interest  in  state  and  national  politics.  An 
orator  of  force  and  influence  he  is  much  sought  for  public  speak- 
ing. For  twenty  years  he  was  recorder  and  a  member  of  the 
Ashtabula  council.  In  1867  and  i368  he  was  prosecuting  attorney 
for  Ashtabula  county.  He  was  for  fifteen  years  a  justice  of  the 
peace  and  forty  years  a  notary  public.  He  was  several  years  a 
member  of  the  Republican  State  Central  Committee.  Mr.  Fitch 
was  appointed  by  Governor  McKinley.  in  1894,  chairman  of  the 
Torrence  Commission.  He  is  a  fellow  of  the  American  Associa- 
tion for  the  Advancment,  of  Science,  a  of  the  American 
Bar  Association,  the  Ohio  Bar  Association  and  of  the  Sons  of  the 
American  Revolution.  He  was  for  a  number  of  years  chairman 
ot  the  committee  of  judicial  administration,  and  legal  reform  of 
the  Ohio  State  Bar  Association.  In  1863  Mr.  Fitch  was  married 
to  Alta  D.  Winchester,  a  daughter  of  Philander  Winchester,  at 
one  time  editor  of  the  Painesville  Telegraph,  a  noted  abolitionist, 
and  one  of  the  founders  of  the  Republican  party.  Of  this  union 
there  have  been  eight  children,  five  of  whom  are  living:  Win- 
chester, b.  Nov.  21,  1867,  now  a  member  of  the  bar  and  partner 
ot  his  father;  Annette,  b.  Jan.  31,  1870,  and  m.  Jan.  31,  1892,  to 
Curtis  Brewer,  who  is  at  present  city  engineer  ot  Sandusky  and 
connected  with  the  Jarecki  Chemical  Company;  Edward  H.,  b. 
March  31,  1873,  educated  in  the  Western  Reserve  Academy  at 
Hudson,  Oberlin  College  and  Cornell  University;  at  the  latter 
place,  being  a  member  of  the  Delta  Kappa  Epsilon  Fraternity,  to 
which  his  father,  brother  and  brother-in-law  also  belong,  and  of 
the  university  football  team,  receiving  his  degree  ot  Bachelor  of 
Laws  in  1897;  Alta,  b.  July  24,  1875,  and  Flora,  b.  Aug.  5,  1878. 
Mr.  Fitch  died  at  Conneaut,  his  summer  residence,  on  Lake  ave- 
nue, Thursday,  Sept.  9,  1897,  and  was  buried  in  Chestnut  Grove 
Cemetery,  Ashtabula.  Ch. :  i.  Catherine,  b.  February,  1865; 
d.  young.  2.  Winchester,  b.  Nov.  21,  1867;  m.  June  30,  1897, 
Florence  Hopper,  b.  June  21,  1876.  Res.  319  West  Eightieth  St., 
New  York  City.  (See  "The  Bench  and  Bar  ot  Ohio,"  Century 
Pub.  Co.,  Chicago.  See  Biog  His.  N.  E.  Ohio,  Lewis  Pub.  Co., 
Chicago.)  Ch. :  (a)  Alta  Jane,  b.  June  16,1898.  (b)  Katherine 
Elizabeth,  b.  Oct  19,  1899.  Winchester  Fitch  is  descended  trom 
a  family  of  lawyers.  His  earlier  English  ancestors  were  con- 
nected with  the  profession,  and  he  is  the  third  generation  of  the 
family  engaged  in  the  practice  of  law  in  Ashtabula.  With  his 
inherited  tendencies,  studious  habits  and  determination  to  mas- 
ter the  principles  of  law  it  is  fair  to  assume  that  he  will  maintain 
the  reputation  of  the  family.  The  son  of  Hon.  Edward  H.  Fitch 
and  Alta  D.  Winchester,  he  was  born  at  Ashtabula,  Nov.  21,  1867. 
and  received  his  primary  education  in  the  schools  of  that  city. 
After  he  had  passed  through  the  grammar  school  his  parents 
removed  to  Jefferson,  where  he  was  graduated  from  the  high 
school.  At  the  age  of  fifteen  he  entered  Cascadilla  school,  at 
Ithaca,  N.  Y.,  where  he  was  prepared  for  college.  In  1884  he 
entered  Cornell  University  and  was  graduated  in  1888  from  the 
literary  department  of  that  institution.  His  favorite  studies 
were  history  and  languages.      After  graduation  he  went  to  Chi- 


cago.  and  was  tor  a  time  in  the  general  offices  of  the  C.  B.  &  Q. 
R.  R.     He  then  became  a  reporter  on  the  Inter-Ocean,  and  later 
was  appointed   the   marine  editor,    and  afterward  the  literary 
editor  of  the  Chicago  Evening  Journal.     For  a  short  time  prior  to 
the  Columbian  Exposition  he  was  a  member  of  the  real  estate 
firm  of  Edwin  Reed  &  Co.      While  in  Chicago  he  read  law  and 
was  a  student  of  the  Chicago  College  of  Law,  taking  the  night 
course.      In    1893  he  returned  to  Jefferson  to  complete  his  law 
studies  in  his  father's  office.     In  1894  he  was  admitted  to  practice 
at  Columbus  by  the  Supreme  Court.      At  this  time  he  owned  an 
interest  in  the  Geneva  Times,  and  edited  the  paper  until  1895, 
when  he  came  to  Ashtabula.      Since  that  time  he  has  been  asso- 
ciated with  his  father  in  the  practice  of  law,  under  the  firm  name 
of  Fitch  &  Fitch,  with  offices  in  Jefferson  and  Ashtabula.      Mr. 
Fitch   IS  a  Republican,  and  has  been  a  member  of  the  county 
central  committee,  of  the  senatorial  committee,  and  of  the  board 
of  county  school  examiners.      During  the  campaign  of  1896  he 
was  an   assistant  to  Colonel  Haskell,  and  Major  Dick,  at  the 
Republican  National  headquarters,  in  Chicago.     In  that  position 
he  discharged  the  duties  devolving  upon  him  with  much  skill,  and 
in  a  manner  entirely  satisfactory  to  them  and  the  national  com- . 
mittee.     Mr.  Fitch  was  married  to  Miss  Florence  Hopper,  daugh- 
ter of  George  H.  Hopper,  Esq.,  of  New  York,  a  member  of  the 
Standard  Oil  Co.,  at  Elmwood,  his  country  seat,  at  Unionville, 
Lake  county.  O.      Mr.  Fitch  is  a  member  of  the  Ohio  State  Bar 
Association,   the  Western  Reserve  Society,  of  the  Sons  of  the 
American  Revolution,  the  Cincinnati  Society  of  Colonial  Wars, 
the  Rowfant  Club  of  Cleveland,  and  the  Twentieth  Century  Club 
of  Chicago.     3.  Annette,  b.  Jan.  21.  1870;  m.  Jan.  30,  1893,  Curtis 
Brewer.    Lives  at  Sloane  House,  Sandusky,  O.,  son  J.  C.  Brewer, 
b.    Ashtabula,    O.,    Aug.    15,    1899.      4-  Elizabeth   Gilman.    b. 
1872.     5.   Edward  Hubbard  Fitch,  Jr.,  b.  March  31,  1873;  gradu- 
ated at  Cornell   University  in    1897;  L.  L.  B.  Lansing,  Mich., 
1898-99.     6.  Alta  Denexa,  b.  July  25,  1875;  m.  at  Ashtabula,  O.. 
May  23,  1898.  Howard  Lyman  Ingersoll.     Son  Winchester  Fitch 
Ingersoll,  b.  at  Ashtabula,    O.,  Feb.    5,  1899.     Address,  45   W. 
126th  St.,  N.  Y.     7.  Flora  Cornelia,  b.  Aug.  6,  1878.     8.  Charles 
Gilman,    b.  November,    1S84;  d.  young,      b.  Ellen   Bowdiman, 
m.  William  O.    Hipwell,  of  Chicago.     He  was  assistant  cashier 
Union    National   Bank.     Res.,    s.    p..    Highland 
Park,  111.     He  was  born  at  Portarlington,  Ireland, 
July  I,  1S35;  served  apprenticeship  to  hardware 
business;  in  charge  of  Savings  Bank,  Portarling- 
ton,  1857  to  1864;  emigrated  to  United  States  in 
1864;  entered    Union    National    Bank,    Chicago, 
December.  1864.  as  bookkeeper;  appointed  assist- 
ant cashier  in   1881,  and  is   now  serving  in  that 
capacity,     (c)  Persis   Annete,    m.    William   Sage  "'''"^^'"^  *«"S- 
Ranney.  One  child.  Fitch  Winchester  Ranney,  b.  February,  1865 
Res.  Euclid  Ave.  and  Erie  St..  Cleveland,  O.     (d)  Charles' Jona- 
than m.  Grace  Baldwin  Gilbert,  of  Columbus,  O.,  at  St.  Louis, 
Mo.     Lives  at  61  West  49th  Sc,  New  York.      Ch. :    i.   Frederick 


Churchill:  res.,    io8   Wall   St.,    New   York.       ii.   Anna  Scott,  m. 
John    Putnam,   of   Highland  Park.    Lake  county,   111.      (e)   Col. 
Arthur  H.  Winchester,   m.    Ella    Spaulding,  of    Cleveland,    O. ; 
res.  Buckhannon,  W.  Va.     Col.  A.  H.  Winchester  is  commissioner 
of  Forestery  for  the  United  States  lumber  exhibit  at  Paris  Expo- 
sition.     His  son,  Spaulding,  was  a  victim  of  the   Spanish  war; 
died  with  fever  at  Philadelphia  in  1898.     Has  son,  Charles;  dau. 
Lila,  res.  Latham,  Cumberland,  Md.,  Kalherine  and  Ruth,      (t) 
Mary  Elizabeth  Oilman,  m.  Henry  C.  Carver,  ot  Chicago.     Ch. : 
Jonathan  Winchester,  George,  Robert  Knowlton  and   Priscilla. 
Res.  Highland  Park,  111.      (g)  Frances,  m.  Charles  Spaulding.  ot 
Cleveland,  O.     One  son,  Ranney  Winchester,  Rogers  Park,  111. ; 
m.  Cecil  Norton,  ot  Chicago,  111.,  iSgg.     (h)  Elizabeth  Oilman,  b. 
July  24,  1853;  m.  Aug.  5,  1S76,  Hubbard  F.  Bannard,  b.  April  21, 
1847.     Ch. :     i.   Winchester,  b.  Jan.  2,  1880;  d.  July  21,  1880.       ii. 
Annete,  b.  Feb.  28,   1881;   d.  ]\Iarch  11,  18S1.     Address   Griffin 
Chemical  Co.,  904  Western  Av.,  Seattle,  Wash,     (i)  Phillip,  m. 
Dora  Dunnica,  ot  St.  Louis,  Mo.     Ch. :  i.  Phyllis,     ii.  Theodore. 
2x.  Dilectus,  b.  Jan.  17,  1814;    d.  Sept.  10,  1814.     3x.  Darius,  b. 
Sept.  19,  1815;    d.  Sept.  23,  1S21.      4X.  Electus,  b.  Nov.  15,  1817; 
unm.,  Res.  Staceyville,  Iowa.     sx.  Mary  D.,  b.  March  20.  1822;  d. 
Sept.  2,  1839.  ^^-  Melana,  b.  July  19,  1824;  m.  Sept.  14,  1861  Orran 
Orcutt.    Res.  Staceyville.     Two  daughters.     7x.  Amandus  O.,  b. 
June  25,  1S27;  m.  June  6,  1855,  Margaret  Patton.     Res.  St.  Joe, 
Mich.  He  d.  Jan.  29,  1900,  leaving  one  dau.,  Stella  L.  The  deceased 
held  a  very  high  place  in  the  community  where  he  lived  because 
of   his  moral  worth,   his  worthy  life  and  the  strict  integrity  in 
which  he  held  and  performed  every  duty  and  obligation  which 
devolved  upon  him.     For  fotir  generations  his  ancestors  had  been 
ministers  of  the  gospel,  and  from  their  strict  and  upright  lives, 
typical  of  the  religious  teaching  of  their  day,  he  had  taken  the 
rule  and  guide  of  his  life.      He  was  a  handsome  man ;  large  and 
robust  looking,  and  prior  to  his  death  his  appearance  was  as  of 
one  who  was  in  possession  of  perfect  health  and  gave  jjromise  of 
many  years  of  life  and  usefulness.      But  for  years  he  had  been  a 
sufferer  from  heart  trouble  and  the  machinery  which  propelled 
the  life  current  gave  out  in  the  midst  ot  all  this  apparent  vigor. 
The  Winchester  family  is  descended  from  Hon.  John  Winches- 
ter, of  Brookline,  ]\Iass.  (first  representative  from  that  town  to 
the    General    Court    of   Massachusetts),    from   the    Aspinwalls, 
Deacon  Sealis,    of  Scituate;    Lieut.   Griffin  Craft,   of  Roxbury, 
Mass.,  (see  Craft  Genealogy);  Lieut.  John  Sharp,  killed  at  Sud- 
bury  fight,   1676,  and   John  White,  of  Watertown,  (ancestor  of 
President  John  Adams),  (see  Register,  October,  1896).   Rev.  Jona- 
than Winchester  ivas  a  near  relative  of  President  John  Adams 
and   the  Boston    Boylstons,  of   Rev.  Elkanan  Winchester,    tlie 
distinguished     Universalist    preacher    and    patriot,    friend    of 
Franklin,   Jay,  etc.,  and  who  spoke  to  great  audiences  in  Eng- 
land (see  Appleton's  Cyclopedia  of  American  Biography),  and 
grandfather  of  Lieut.-Gov.   Oliver  Fisher,  ot  Winchester,  Pres. 
New  Haven,  Co.,  known  as   the  Winchester   Arms   Co.,  a  mil- 
lionaire and   patron   of  Yale,   to  which  institution  he  gave  an 












astronomical  observatory.  (See  Appleton's  Cyclopedia  of  Ameri- 
can Biography.)  Rev.  Jonathan  Winchester,  second,  was  son  of 
Henry,  a  Revolutionary  soldier,  and  grandson  of  Rev.  Jonathan 
Winchester,    first.      2.  Fannie   Bunn,    b.   i736,    m.    James   Hill. 

3.  Sarah  Bunn,  b.  ;  m.  Coon.     4.  Polly  Bunn,  died  the 

week  she  was  to  have  been  married  to  Hiland  Hall ,  later  governor 
of  Vermont.  5.  James  Bunn,  b.  1794;  lost  at  sea  in  1S14,  enroute 
to  England.     6.  Catherine  Bunn,  b.  1796;  m. McDonald. 

REUBEN,  b.  Jan.  9,  1762;  m.  Asenath  Case. 

JOSEPH,  b.  May  19,  1764;  d.  March  3,  1767. 

MICHAEL,  b.  July  9,  1768;  m.  Abigail  Calkins. 

LUCINDA,  b.  Feb.  22,  1771;  m.  Salmon  Warren. 

POLLY,  b. ;  m.  Daniel  Dean. 

299.  ZECKARIAH  FIELD  (Ebenezer,  Zechariah,  Zechariah.  John,  John, 
Richard,  William,  William),  b.  East  Guilford,  Conn.,  about  1708;  m.  March  i,  1732, 
Prudence  Graves,  b.  March  2,  1701;  d.  Nov.  24,  1737;  m.,  2d,  Dec.  27,  1738,  Anna 
Seward,  of  East  Guilford,  b.  Oct.  6,  1716,  dau.  ot  Daniel  and  Mehitable  (Boreman). 
After  his  death  she  m   Teal.     He  d.  Feb.  19,  1752.     Res.  East  Guilford,  Conn. 

532.  i.         PRUDENCE,  b.  Jan.  9,  1734;  d.  Oct.  8,  1736. 

533.  li.        ZECHARIAH,  b.  Oct.  22.  1739;  d.  Nov.  5,  1751,  unm. 

534.  iii.       PRUDENCE,  b.  April  2,  1742;  m.   Feb.  18,  1761.  John  Dudley,  ot 

Killingworth.     She  d.  June  26,  1761. 
525.     iv.       ANNA,  b.  Oct.  26,  1744;  m.  1763,  Ebenezer  Field,  of  East  Guilford 

and  New  Haven,  Vt. 
JONATHAN,  b.  Feb.  16,  1747;  d.  Oct.  8,  1751. 
SIMEON,  b.  Oct.  15,  1749;  d.  Oct.  5,  1751. 
SUBMIT,  b.  March  29,   1752;  m.,  ist,  Nov,  23,  1768,  John  Thomas 

Collins;  m.,  2d,  March   30,    1774,    Joshua   Field;  m. ,  3d,  Russell 

Dowd;  m.,  4th, Moore;  d.  1846. 

300.  CAPTAIN  JOAREB  FIELD  (Ebenezer,  Zechariah,  Zechariah,  John, 
John,  Richard,  William,  William),  b.  East  Guilford,  Conn.,  March  2,  1711;  m.  April 
2,  1733,  Abigail  Bradley;  she  m.,  2d,  John  Camp,  his  fourth  wife.  She  d.  Dec.  27, 
1769.     He  was  a  sea  captain  and  d.  at  sea  in  1747.     Res.  East  Guilford,  Conn. 

539.  i.         ESTHER,  b.  Sept.  18,  1733;  m.  Jan.  i,  1756,  Nathan  Hall,  of  Guil- 


540.  ii.        AMBROSE,  b.  Feb.  7,  1736;  ra.  Sarah  Bates. 

303.  JOHN  FIELD  (Ebenezer,  Zechariah,  Zechariah,  John,  John,  Richard, 
William,  William),  b.  in  Deerfield,  Mass.,  Oct.  4,  1700.  He  was  one  of  the  captives 
taken  by  the  French  and  Indians  at  the  destruction  of  Deerfield,  Feb.  29,  1704,  and 
carried  to  Canada,  enduring  great  suffering.  He  was  with  his  mother  ransomed  and 
returned  to  Deerfield  the  next  year.  He  settled  either  in  Stafford  or  Tolland,  Conn. 
The  following  record  is  found  in  the  town  clerk's  office  in  Tolland:  "Anna,  wife 
of  John  Field,  was  accidentally  shot  by  a  man  of  the  name  of  Washburn,  of  Staf- 
ford."    Also  the  date  of  birth  of  three  children.     He  m.  Anna .     Res.  Tolland, 


541.  i.         ANNA,  b.  Feb.  6,  1732. 

542.  ii.        ISAAC,  b.  Oct.  6,  1735. 

543.  iii.       BENJAMIN,  b.  May  14,  1738. 

305.  DOCTOR  PEDAJAH  FIELD  (John,  Zechariah,  Zechariah,  John,  John, 
Richard,    William,  William),  b.  Jan.  28,  1707,  Deerfield,  Mass;  m.  about  1730,  Han- 









nah ,  who  d.  about  1730;  m.,   2d,  Jan.  11,  1732,  Abigail  Pettee,  of  Springfield, 

b.  April  3.  1713;  d.  Feb.  25,  1792,  dau.  of  John  and  Mary,  of  Springfield.  He  was  a 
veterinary  surgeon;  was  in  Northfield  in  1737;  Enfield  in  1749.  a°d  returned  to 
Northfield.  In  1736  he  removed  to  Winchester,  N.  H.,  in  1737  to  Northfield,  Mass. ; 
in  1747  returned  to  Enfield;  in  1752  returned  to  Northfield,  where  he  d.  Feb.  24, 
1798.      Res   Northfield,  Mass.,  Enfield,  Conn.,  and  Winchester,  N.  H. 


545-     11. 




















PEDAJAH,  b.  1732.  He  lived  with  Elijah  Williams,  in  Enfield, 
until  1749;  was  a  soldier  from  Northfield  in  1757.  Pedajah  Field, 
son  of  Pedajah  and  Hannah;  prob.  b.  in  Enfield.  Conn.  Is 
found  living  there  in  1733  with  Elijah  Williams;  prob.  came  to 
Northfield,  Mass.,  in  1752 ;  a  soldier  in  the  French  and  Indian  war 
from  Northfield  in  1757.  He  sold  his  lot  to  Hezekiah  Stratton, 
June  23,  1745.  In  1743  he  assisted  in  building  the  mount  at 
Deacon  Alexander's,  and  was  paid  ;i^i  4s.  tor  two  days  of  hewing 
timber.  He  served  from  June  12,  to  Nov.  21,  1755,  in  the  Crown 
Point  expedition,  in  Capt.  Elijah  Williams'  company.  In  seating 
the  meeting  house  in  1780  he  was  given  pew  No.  19. 

MARY,  b.  1734.;  m.  prob.  Sept.  26,  1753,  Stephen  Cooley,  of  Long- 
meadow,  Mass.;  d.  April  3,  1782;  age  forty-eight.  Res.  Long- 
meadow,  Mass.  Ch. :  i.  Stephen,  b.  Feb.  14,  1754;  d.  Aug.  18, 
1754.  2.  Stephen,  b.  March  27,  1755;  m.  Mercy  Stebbins;  d. 
June  9,  1830.  3.  Abigail,  b.  April  19,  1757;  d.  April  9,  1826.  4. 
Joanna,  b.  July  20,  1759.  5.  Luther,  b.  March  16,  1761.  6.  Gid- 
eon, b.  Jan.  31,  1763;  m.  Dinah  Sikes.     He  d.  Nov.  31,  1838.     7. 

Calvin,  b.  Feb.   16,  1765;  d.  Feb.  19,  1846.      8.  Ithamer.  b. ; 

d.  Feb.  15,  1767.  9.  Ithamer,  b.  Aug.  10,  176S.  10.  Marcy,  b. 
July  18,  1770;  d.  June  24,  1814.     11.  Hanan,  b.  July  18,  1773. 

SARAH,  b.  May  4,  1737;  m.  June  S,  1755,  Hon.  Ebenezer  Janes,  of 
Northfield;  d.  March  5,  1766.  He  was  son  ot  Jonathan;  was  a 
deacon,  lieutenant  in  Revolutionary  war,  manufacturer  of  grave 
stones,  town  clerk  sixteen  years,  representative  in  the  legislature 
in  1778  and  delegate  to  the  provincial  congress  in  1775;  d.  Jan.  22, 
1808.  His  wife  d.  March  5,  1766,  and  he  m.,  2d,  Mehitable  Alex- 
ander. Res.  Northfield.  Ch. :  i.  Jonathan,  b.  Feb.  25,  1756; 
m.  Caroline  Mattoon.  2.  Jemima,  b.  May  16,  1757;  m.  John 
Allen.  3.  Ruth,  b.  May  16,  1757;  m.  Caton  Bliss.  4  Obadiah, 
b.  July  9,  1759;  m.  Mary  Oliver  and  Harmony  Brigham.  5. 
Salina,  b.  March  11,  1761;  m.  Seth  Munn.  6.  Hannah,  b.  Jan. 
5,  1763;  d.  July  13,  1770.  7.  Samuel,  b.  May  11,  1764;  m.  Susan- 
nah Merriman.  8.  Ebenezer,  b.  Jan.  i,  1766;  d.  Nov.  5,  1766; 
had  seven  children  by  second  wife. 

RUTH,  b.  i73y;  d.  Oct.  17,  1756. 

REUBEN,  b.  Oct.  9,  1740;  m.  Hannah  Alden  and  Ann  Hall  Lar- 

ABIGAIL,  b.  1743;  d.  Aug.  7,  1754. 

EUNICE,  b. ;  d.  vmm..  Athens,  Vt. 

BENNETT,  b.  1745;  m.  Elizabeth  Ferrin. 

ANN,  b.  Sept.  3,  1747;  m.  James  Nichols,  of  Athens,  Vt. ;  d.  Feb. 
28,  1829. 

EUNICE,  b.  1749;  d.  in  Townshend.  Vt.,  unm.,  August,  1828. 

JOHN,  b.  June  q,  1751;  m.  Sybil  Allen. 

HANNAH,  bap.  Aug.  13,  1753;  m. Ward. 


556.  xiii.     NATHAN,  bap.  Sept.  21,  1755;  m.  Abigail  BuHaid. 

557.  xiv.      ABIGAIL,  bap.  April  16,  1756;  m.  Aug.  ig.  1775,  Samuel  Warner. 

He  was  son  ot  Ebenezer,  b.  1748.      Res.  Northfield  and  Green- 
field.     Ch. :      1.  Ebenezer,  bap.  Nov.  17,  1776.     2.  Samuel,  bap. 
Aug.  9,  1778.     3.  Lydia,  bap.  July  23,  1780.     4.  Sarah,  bap.  July 
3.   1785.      5-  Mary,  bap.  July  3,  1785.      6.  Electa,  bap.  March  7, 
17SS.      7.  Phila,  bap.    Feb.   9,   1791.      8.  Amariah,  bap.  July  28, 
306.     BENNETT  FIELD  (John.  Zechariah,   Zechariah,  John,  John,  Richard, 
William,  William),  b.   Deerfield,   Mass.,  Dec.    13,    1709;  m.  Dec.  18,  1734,  Elizabeth 
Spa fford,  of  Lebanon,  Conn.,  dau.   of  Thomas  and  Bethiah,  b.   April  9,    1715;    d. 
Nov.  20,  1772.     He  resided  in  Deerfield,  Mass. ;  married  there  and  soon  atter  moved 
to  Ltbanon,  Conn.,  and  was  admitted  to  the  church  there  in  1736.      Moved  to  Staf- 
ford and  later  to  Mansfield,  Conn.,  where  he  died.    He  purchased  of  Caleb  and  Noah 
Chap;n,  of  Lebanon,  Conn.,  Nov.  21,   1733,  a  tract  of  land ;  vol.  v,  p.  20,  on  which 
he  re^^ided  until   1740,  when  he  sold  and  removed  to  Mansfield,  Conn.      Admitted 
to  the  church  in  Lebanon  in  1736. 

He  d.  April  6,  1770.     Res.  Lebanon,  Stafford  and  Mansfield,  Conn. 

558.  1.         MARY,  b.  Nov.  12,  1735;  m.  Capt.  Phinehas  Williams,  of  Mansfield, 

Conn. ;  removed  in  1778  to  Woodstock,  Vt. 

Robert  Williams,  of  Roxbury,  Mass.,  arrived  at  Boston,  Mass., 
June  20.  1637.  He  came  from  Norwich,  England,  and  was  the 
eldest  son  of  Stephen  and  Margaret  (Cooke)  Williams,  of  Great 
Yarmouth,  England.  He  was  admitted  to  the  Ancient  and 
Honorable  Artillery  company,  in  1644.  His  third  son,  Isaac  Wil- 
liams, was  captain  of  the  foot  company  of  Newton,  and  was  buried 
under  arms. 

(3)  Capt.  Isaac  Williams,  Jr.,  son  of  the  last  named,  sold  his 
portion  of  his  father's  property  and  removed  to  Roxbury  and 
settled  on  the  portion  of  his  grandfather  Parke's  property,  which 
he  had  inherited  from  his  uncle,  John  Smith,  of  Roxbury. 

(4)  Capt.  William  Williams,  of  Mansfield,  represented  for  many 
years  that  town  in  the  General  Court  ot  Connecticut  He  was 
not  only  prominent  in  the  military  service  ot  the  colony  but  his 
sons  followed  in  his  footsteps.  Amariah  and  Phinehas  being 
connected  with  the  Mansfield  company,  and  the  former,  as  its 
captain,  led  it  to  Boston  on  the  Lexington  alarm,  and  was  at  its 
head  at  Bunker  Hill,  and  served  through  the  Revolution.  His 
son,  Capt.  Phinehas  Williams,  went  to  Woodstock,  Vt.,  in  1774, 
from  Mansfield,  Conn.  He  was  the  seventh  son  ot  William  and 
Experience  (Wilson),  of  Watertown,  Mass.,  b.  in  Watertown,  Nov. 
5,  1734.  His  wife  was  the  dau.  ot  Bennett  and  Elizabeth  (Spaf- 
tord)  Field.  He  was  captain  of  the  first  company  ot  militia  ot 
Woodstock,  and  until  his  death,  in  1820,  there  were  two  or  more 
ot  his  descendants  holding  town  or  state  offices  continuously. 

(5)  Capt.  Phinehas  Williams  was  commissioned  by  the  colony 
of  New  York  captain  in  the  first  company  raised  east  ot  the  Green 
mountains,  and  was  elected  to  but  declined  the  colonelcy  ot  the 
regiment  of  which  it  became  a  part.  Owing  to  the  efforts  ot  the 
Aliens  there  was  little  fighting  in  Vermont  during  the  contentions 
ot   New  York  and  New  Hampshire  to  the  ownership  ot  the 


"Grants,"  so  that  this  company  saw  little  service;  but  Captain 
Williams  during  the  Revolution  collected  subsistence  for  the 
Revolutionary  army,  and  was  in  charge  ot  such  business  in  the 
section  where  he  lived.  Captain  Williams  was  so  much  of  an 
engineer  that  he  and  his  son,  Col.  Oliver  Williams,  not  only  laid 
out  the  original  warrants  of  the  town  and  conducted  the  ordinary 
work  of  survejang;  but  the  father,  with  the  aid  of  his  large  fam- 
ily of  sons,  and  his  Palmer  nephews  (children  ot  Lucy  (Field) 
Palmer),  laid  out  the  roads  in  Woodstock  township  on  modern 
principles,  blasting  where  necessary  to  keep  them  short  and  at  a 
low  level  in  that  hilly  region.  The  compiler  of  the  family  record 
has  receipted  bills  for  similar  work  in  adjoining  townships.  He 
d.  Dec.  2S,  1820.     His  wife  d.  March  26,  1810. 

Ch. :  I.  Experience,  b.  Feb.  17,  1755;  m.  Capt.  Josiah  Dun- 
ham, of  Coventry,  Conn.,  who  resided  in  Woodstock,  and  from 
whom  descended  the  Dunhams,  Simmons,  Richardsons,  Perkins, 
Westovers,  Wileys,  Dodges,  Smiths  and  Jaques. 

2.  Oliver,  b.  1758.  He  went  to  Woodstock  with  his  father  and 
was  a  surveyor.  He  helped  lay  out  the  town,  and  from  exposure 
to  his  work  died  June  19,  1S23.  Oliver  Williams  was  elected  col- 
onel of  the  regiment  after  the  refusal  of  his  father  to  accept  the 
office.  He  m.  Irene  (Urana)  Thomas,  of  Middleboro'.  She  d. 
at  Woodstock,  Dec.  4,  1S06;  m.,  2d,  Mrs.  Molly  (Powers)  Richard- 
son, dau.  of  Dr.  Stephen  Powers,  and  widow  of  Joran  Richard- 
son. His  ch. :  (a)  Mary,  b.  Jan.  i,  17S5;  m.  Anson  Dunham, 
s.  p.  (b)  Abigail,  b.  1786;  m.  Col.  Joseph  Topliff,  of  Bridgewater. 
She  d.  Oct.  31,  1864;  seven  children,  (c)  Ira,  b.  1788;  was  an 
officer  in  the  war  of  1812;  was  in  the  regular  array  as  quarter- 
master at  Dabuque,  Iowa,  where  he  d.,  s.  p.,  1838.  (d)  Oliver,  b. 
1790;  n.  f.  k.  (e)  Otis,  b.  1792:  a  schoolmaster  in  Woodstock;  d. 
in  Virginia,  s.  p.,  in  1S38.  (f)  Phinehas,  b.  1795;  enlisted  in  reg- 
ular army;  n.  f.  k.   (g)  Nathan,  b.  1798;  d.    s.    p..  Hector,  N.    Y. 

3.  Phinehas,  b.  1760;  went  to  Woodstock  with  his  father;  m. 
Susan  White.  She  d.  Sept.  28,  1790,  age  twenty-one ;  m.,  2d, 
Sally  Gurley.  He  was  in  the  army,  and  in  1815  moved  to  Ohio. 
(h)  Phinehas,  b.  Sept.  28,  1790;  res.  in  Bridgewater,  Vt.  (!)  Ben- 
nett, b.  1795.  (j)  Chester,  (k)  Susan.  (1)  Adelme.  (m)  Warren, 
(n)  Lucia,     (o).     Sally,  b.   181 1. 

4.  Jesse,  b.  1761;  remained  in  Mansfield,  Conn.,  until  1775, 
when  he  moved  to  Woodstock  and  opened  the  first  general 
store  in  that  place.  He  is  said  to  have  been  at  the  battle  of 
Bunker  Hill  when  only  fourteen  years  ot  age.  Jesse  Williams, 
son  ot  Captain  Phinehas,  was  left  with  his  uncle,  Amariah,  at 
Mansfield,  when  his  father  removed  to  Vermont.  He  has  told 
his  grandson,  Dr.  Edward  H.  Williams,  that  he  was  with  the 
Mansfield  company  when  it  marched  on  the  Lexington  alarm,  and 
was  at  Bunker  Hill,  In  mentioning  the  name  of  his  aunt  and 
mother-in-law  it  should  be  written  Lucy,  and  not  Lucia.  The 
last  is  a  modification  given  to  Williams'  descendants.  Jesse  Wil- 
liams was  the  first  merchant  in  Woodstock.  He  also  extensively 
raised  thoroughbred  horses.  He  was  elected  associate  judge  ot 
the  county  court,  and  served  for  a  number  of  years.      He  pur- 



chased  in  Hartiord,  Conn.,  the  first  bell  for  the  county  court 
house.     It  was  the  first  bell  of  the  kind  in  the  state.     In  1803  he 
was   appointed    presiding  judge;  but  declined    the    office  and 
was   appointed    judge    of    probate    for    the    Hartford    district, 
which  he  held   till   181 5,   when   he    resigned.      He  had   retired 
from  business  with  a  considerable  fortune,  and  was  afterward 
interested  in  numerous  projects  more  or  less  connected  with  the 
growth  of  the  town.     Among  them  was  the  manufacture  of  the 
first  enclosed  stoves  from  soapstone  slabs,  held  together  by  iron 
clamps  at  the  corners,  the  stone  coming  from  his  quarry.     He 
died  at  Woodstock,  Jan.  27,  1842.      He  married  his  cousin,  Han- 
nah,   daughter  of  Lieutenant  Gershom,    Jr.,    and  Lucy  (Field) 
Palmer,  of  Woodstock,  who  was  born  at  Mansfield,  Conn.,  April 
I.  1769,  and  died  at  Woodstock,  Vt.,  Jan.  27,  1837.      Lieutenant 
Palmer  served  during  the  Revolution,  and  his  grave  is  one  of  those 
decorated  yearly  by  the  G.  A.  R.     He  was  descended  from  Capt. 
George  Denison,  of  Stonington,  Conn.,  who  commanded  the  Con- 
necticut troops  at  the  storming  of  the  Narragansett  fort  and  cap- 
tured Miatonomo.    Ch. :    (p)  Norman,  b.  Nov.  6,  1791.     Norman, 
eldest  son  of  Hon.  Jesse  and  Hannah  (Palmer)  Williams,  was  b.' 
at  Woodstock,  Vt,  Nov.  6,  1791.      He  fitted  for  college  at  home 
and  at  the  academies  of  Royalton  and  Randolph,  and  entered  the 
sophomore  class  of  the  University  of  Vermont,  in  October,  1807, 
and  at  the  commencement  of  Aug.  18,  1810,  delivered  a  ''Poem 
v/ith  Valedictory  Addresses."      For  many  years  thereafter  Mr. 
Williams  was  called  upon  for  poems  on  commemorative  occasions, 
and  numerous  extracts  from   the   press  show  that  these  were 
highly  valued.      After  a  course  of  law  studies  at  home  and  at 
Burlington.  Vt.,  he  was  admitted  to  the  bar  at  the  latter  place, 
and  at  once  opened  an  office  at  home,  and  practiced  till  October! 
1831.      During  this  period  he  held  the  offices  of  Register  of  Pro- 
bate of  the  Hartford  district  (his  father  being  judge).  State  Aud- 
itor of  Accounts,  i8ig-i823,  and  Secretary  of  State,  1823-1831— in 
each  case  declining  re-election.     He  then,  unfortunately,  formed 
a  partnership  with  his  brother-in-law  in  the  hardware  business  in 
Montreal,  and  remained  till  1834,  when  foreseeing  the  coming  of 
the  rebellion,  in  which  his  partner  was  engaged,  he  returned  to 
Woodstock  and  resumed  legal  practice.     He  was  secretary  of  the 
State  Senate  in  1835-1839;  and  thence  till  his  death,  in  1868,  he 
was  clerk  of  the  courts  of  Windsor  county.     During  this  interval 
he  was  one  of  the  commissioners  to  revise  the  State  statutes; 
twice  was  a  State  Senator ;  and  was  one  of  the  commission  to  pre- 
pare plans  for  a  new  State  house.     He  was  one  the  incorporators 
of  the  Vermont  Medical  College,  and  during  the  greater  part  of 
its  life  dean  of  its  faculty,  and  from   1849-1853  a  trustee  of  his 
alma  mater.     Had  he  been  desirous  of  political  preferment  there 
was  no  office  in  the  state  which  he  could  not  have  secured. 
Many  of  the  offices  he  held  were  conferred  upon  him  by  his  pol- 
itical opponents,  and  he  declined  the  treasurership  of  the  state  to 
which  he  had  been  elected  against  his  wishes,  as  well  as  nomina- 
tions for  higher  state  offices.      The  highly  laudatory  resolutions 
adopted  by  the  bar  at  his  decease  tell  how  much  he  was  esteemed 


throughout  the  state,  and  in  the  printed  lives  ot  many  prominent 
Vermonters,  as  an  evidence  of  their  prominence  and  worth,  it  is 
stated  that  they  held  the  friendship  of  "Norman  Williams,  of 
Woodstock."  Remarried,  Dec.  ii,  1817,  Mary  Ann  Wentworth, 
eldest  child  of  Henry  Barlow,  Esq.,  and  Rebecca  (Appleton) 
Brown,  ot  Woodstock,  and  formerly  of  the  New  Brunswick  bar. 
Mrs.  Brown's  mother  was  a  cousin  of  Sir  John  Wentworth,  last 
royal  governor  of  New  Hampshire,  and  also  descended  from 
Lieut. -Gov.  John  Wentworth,  who  served  under  Anne.  On  her 
father's  side  she  descended  from  leaders  in  colonial  history,  one 
of  them,  Maj.  Richard  Waldron,  commander  of  the  New  Hamp- 
shire troops,  who  was  murdered  by  Indians  at  Dover,  when  over 
eighty  years  old,  with  circumstances  of  unusual  cruelty.  Mrs. 
Williams  was  highly  cultured  and  refined,  and  has  left  traces  of 
a  gifted  pencil  m  the  seals  of  various  courts,  and  in  the  present 
arrangement  of  the  great  seal  of  Vermont  A  recent  writer  on 
Woodstock,  states,  "fifty  years  ago  it  contained  the  best  medical 
school  in  the  state,  and  it  had  a  local  aristocracy  that  controlled 
society  and  intelligence,  and  its  women  were  so  cultivated  and 
refined  that  one  of  them  had  a  salon  to  which  every  distinguished 
guest  of  the  town  was  invited,  and  which  far  and  near  was  talked 
of  as  the  one  place  to  visit  if  you  went  to  Vermont.  The  site  of 
the  old  homestead  where  Mrs.  Williams  held  high  carnival  in 
society  is  now  used  for  a  public  library,  and  this  brilliant  woman 
herself  is  able  to  look  down  upon  its  habitues  as  graciously  from 
her  portrait  as  she  once  smiled  on  the  saints  and  sinners  who 
crossed  her  threshold."  She  was  b.  at  St.  Andrews,  N.  B.,  Nov. 
24,  1794,  and  d.  at  Montclair,  N.  J.,  Nov.  6.  1879.  Mr.  Williams 
d.  at  Woodstock,  Jan.  12,  1868. 

Their  children :  i.  Henry  Brown,  b.  Jan.  24,  1820;  m.  June 
2.  1846,  Mary,  dau.  of  Joseph  and  Mary  (Welch)  Cooke,  of 
Providence,  R.  L,  b.  there  June  27,  1823;  living  in  San  Fran- 
cisco, Cal.  Henry  Brown  Williams  was  '  a  merchant  in  New 
York  City  and  San  Francisco,  and  tor  many  years  agent 
for  the  Pacific  Mail  Steamship  Co.  He  was  knighted  by  the 
King  of  the  Sandwich  Islands.  He  d.  at  Santa  Barbara,  Cal., 
Feb.  8,  1890.  Ch. :  i.  Joseph  Henry,  b.  Nov.  9,  1847;  d. 
Aug.  9,  1851,  at  Brooklyn,  N.  Y.  2.  Mary  Louise,  b.  Feb. 
16,  1850,  at  Brooklyn;  m.  April  11,  1871,  Alfred,  son  of  Joseph 
Henry  and  Sarah  Susannah  (Wood)  Poett,  b.  Concepcion,  Chile, 
March  3,  1839;  she  d.  Santa  Barbara,  Cal.  Living  (1899)  at  Santa 
Barbara;  civil  engineer.  Their  four  children  are  living,  and 
the  third.  Alfred  Reddington  Poett,  is  one  ot  the  California  vol- 
unteers on  detached  duty  with  the  United  States  signal  corps,  at 
Manila,  Philippines. 

2.  Mary  Ann  Wentworth,  b.  May  10,  1822;  living  (1899)  at 
Evanston,  111. ;  m.  Dec.  29,  1851,  Wm.  Merritt  Campbell,  of  St 
Albans,  Vt,  who  d.  at  Sumter,  S.  C,  Oct  11,  1862;  merchant. 
Ch. :  I.  Mary  Wentworth,  b.  Oct  20,  1852;  m.  Sept  5,  1875, 
Wm.  H.  Bartlett;  res.  at  Evanston,  111.  2.  Stephen  Henderson, 
b.  Sept.  20,  1854;  m.  and  d.  s.  p.  3.  William  Norman,  b.  Aug. 
13,   1856;  with  Adams  &  Westlake  Manufacturing  Co.,  Chicago; 

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wife  deceased;  one  surviving  daughter,  Marion.  4.  Charles,  b. 
Nov.  7,  1858,  unm.  5.  Julia  Riley,  b.  Sept.  19,  1862-  d.  Aug 
16,  1863. 

3.  Edward  Higginson,  third  child  of  Hon.   Norman  and  Mary 
Ann  Wentworth  (Brown)  Williams,  of  Woodstock,  Vt.,  was  b. 
there  June  i,  1824.  and  now  resides  at  his  country  place,  "Went- 
worth. '  •  near  Rosemont,   Penn.      After  the  usual  course  in  the 
high  grade  private  schools  of  his  native  town  he  decided  to  become 
an  engineer,   and  all  subsequent  work  tended  in  that  direction. 
While  studying  the  classics  with  his  father  he  began  a  course  in 
higher  mathematics  with  Rosea  Doton,  well  known  throughout 
Vermont  as  a  mathematician  and  engineer,  and  supplemented 
this  by  work  with  his  uncle.  Rev.  Dr.  George  Palmer  Williams, 
at  Pontiac,  who  lately  died  full  of  years  and  honors  as  Emeritus 
Professor  of  Physics  of  the  University  of  Michigan.      Here  Mr. 
Williams  became  acquainted  with  Col.   John  N.   Berrien,  state 
engineer,  who  was  locating  the  Michigan  Central  railroad,  and 
during  his  stay  at  Pontiac  was  constantly  with  the  corps.      He 
was  now  suffering  from  what  was  thought  to  be  a  severe  attack 
of  asthma,   which  defied  all  remedies,   and  lasted  a  number  of 
years,  but  which  was  caused  by  the  lodgment  of  part  of  a  beech- 
nut burr  in  the  vocal  chords— afterwards  ejected  in  a  fit  of  cough- 
ing—when   the   trouble    entirely    disappeared.      This    alfliction 
resulted  in  his  abandoning  the  life  of  an  engineer,  by  the  advice 
of  his  physicians,   and  he  reluctantly  began  the  study  of  med- 
icine and  graduated  at  the  Vermont  Medical  College  in  1846. 
The  following  year  was  again  passed  at  Pontiac  in  the  open 
air  with  the  construction  corps  of  the  railroad,  but  in  1847  he 
began  the  practice  of  medicine  at  Proctorsville,  Vt.      Mr.  Doton, 
his  old  instructor,  was  then  building  the  Rutland  &  Burlington 
railroad  through  the  place,  and  Dr.  Williams  was  with  the  corps 
as  often  as  possible,  and  fortunately  on  one  occasion  when  he 
was  able  to  treat  successfully  one  of  the  foremen  who  had  a  three- 
foot  tamping  bar  blown  through  his  head,  behind  the  left  eye. 
He  removed  his  practice  to  Northfield,   where  he  became  ac- 
quainted with  the  management  of  the  Vermont  Central  road, 
which  had  its  headquarters  there,  and  thus  added  to  his  railroad 
experience.      The  relief  from  his  bronchial  troubles  now  turned 
his  mind  back  to  his  long  cherished  life  work,  and  in  October, 
1 85 1,  he  became  assistant  in  building  a  railroad  from  Caughna- 
waga,   Canada,  to  Plattsburg,  N.  Y,,  and,  within  a  few  months, 
the  death  of  the  engineer  left  him  in  charge  of  the  work,  which  he 
finished.     From  1S55  to  1865  he  was  in  charge  of  railroad  work  as 
superintendent  in  the  west,  and  generally  on  the  pioneer  road  into 
the  wilderness,  so  that  he  acquired  abundant  experience.     In  the 
latter  year  he  became  general  superintendent  of  the  Pennsylvania 
railroad  at  Altoona,   where  he  remained  till  1870,  when  he  was 
invited  to  bring  his  experience  of  eighteen  years  to  the  Baldwin 
Locomotive  Works,  and  became  a  partner.     Since  that  date  he 
has  resided   in  and  about   Philadelphia,  and  "Dr.   Williams," 
as   he  is  known  throughout  the  world  among  railroad  men,  has 
introduced   American   locomotives   throughout  South  America, 


Australia,  Japan,  India  and  Europe.  While  in  Australia  for  the 
second  time  he  was  appointed  United  States  Commissioner  to  the 
Sydney  Exposition.  In  1861  he  received  the  honorary  degree  of 
M.  A.  from  the  University  of  Vermont,  and  in  1876  was  created 
by  the  King  of  Sweden  a  Knight  of  the  North  Star,  and  also 
elected  a  member  of  the  Swedish  Royal  Society.  Dr.  Williams 
erected,  in  1895,  for  the  University  of  Vermont,  a  building  for 
the  applied  sciences  and  furnished  it  throughout,  at  a  cost  ot  a 
quarter  of  a  million  dollars,  in  memory  of  his  wife.  He  had 
previously  erected  a  similar  building  for  Carleton  (Minn.)  College, 
and  also  given  it  a  sixteen-inch  equatorial  telescope.  The  work 
most  pleasing  to  Dr.  Williams  was  the  erection  on  the  family 
homestead  of  a  beautiful  granite  free  library,  in  memory  of  his 
parents,  which  he  has  fully  endowed  for  maintenance  and  book 
fund,  and  this  fall  (1899)  he  is  to  add  to  it  an  extension  of  nearly 
the  same  size,  as  the  original  building  is  full  of  books.  He  married 
June  15,  1848,  Cornelia  Bailey,  youngest  daughter  of  John  A.  and 
Sarah  (Bailey)  Pratt,  ot  Woodstock,  born  Jan.  16,  1827;  died  at 
Rosemont,  Pa.,  July  16,  1889.  Mr.  Pratt  was  one  of  the  leading 
citizens  in  Woodstock,  holding  many  county  and  state  offices,  and 
was  one  of  the  incorporators  and  trustees  of  the  Vermont  Med- 
ical College.  Mrs.  Williams  possessed  her  father's  love  for 
flowers,  and  left  a  large  collection  ot  terns  gathered  in  all  parts 
ot  the  world,  and  successfully  cultivated  at  home.  Dr.  Williams 
died  in  Santa  Barbara,  Cal.,  since  the  above  was  written,  in 
December,  1899. 

Their  children  were:  i.  Edward  Higginson,  b.  at  Proctors- 
ville,  Vt.,  Sept.  30,  1849;  living  (1899)  at  Bethlehefn,  Pa.  He 
fitted  for  Yale  College  at  Phillips  Academy,  Andover,  Mass., 
1865-68,  and  graduated  at  New  Haven  in  the  class  of  1872.  Ina- 
bility to  use  his  eyes  forced  him  to  join  an  engineering  corps  of 
the  Pennsylvania  railroad  during  the  ensuing  year  as  chainman ; 
but  from  1873  to  1876  he  studied  the  profession  of  mining  engin- 
eering at  the  Lehigh  University,  South  Bethlehem,  Pa.,  gradu- 
ating with  the  class  of  1875  as  valedictorian.  From  1876  till  1879 
he  was  connected  with  the  mining  corps,  and  in  the  latter  year 
became  chemist  for  a  company  at  Danville.  Pa.,  and  on  the 
change  of  the  firm  in  the  following  year  became  its  mining 
engineer.  For  a  few  months,  in  1880-1881,  he  was  principal  assist- 
ant mining  engineer  of  the  Cambria  Iron  Co,  at  Johnsto<vn,  and 
in  charge  of  examination  ot  properties  in  Canada  and  the  United 
States.  A  severe  attack  ot  malaria  forced  him  to  resign,  and 
after  a  few  months'  rest  he  was  elected  professor  of  mining 
engineering  and  geology  at  his  second  alma  mater,  which  chairs 
he  still  holds.  Professor  Williams  is  a  member  of  the  American 
Institute  of  Mining  Engineers,  and  was  one  of  the  original  Fel- 
lows of  the  Geological  Society  of  America.  He  is  also  a  Fellow 
of  the  American  Association  for  the  Advancement  of  Science,  and 
of  the  American  Philosophical  Society.  He  has  been  three  times 
elected  president  of  the  associated  alumni  of  Lehigh.  His  prin- 
cipal geological  work  has  been  the  mapping  of  the  Kansan  glacial 
deposits  across  the  state  ot   Pennsylvania.      He  has  published 

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numerous  papers  on  this  and  kindred  subjects  and  a  few  hooks. 
Since  1867  he  has  been  engaged  in  compiling  the  records  of  the 
descendants  of  his  ancestors,  Robert  Williams,  of  Roxbury,  Mass. 
He  married,  at  Roxbury,  Mass.,  June  19,  1883,  Jennie  Olive, 
youngest  daughter  of  Augustine  S.  and  Ophelia  (Leland)  Bemis, 
of  Boston,  Mass.,  b.  April  2.  1861,  and  living  (1899).     Ch. : 

1.  Olive  Bemis,  b.  July  10.  1884. 

2.  Cornelia,  b.  at  Roxbury,  Mass.,  Aug.  26,  1885. 

3.  Elizabeth,  b.  April  13,  1888. 

4.  Edward  Higginson,  3d,  b.  June  18,  i88q. 

5.  Norman,  b.  Aug.  19,  1891. 

6.  Araory  Leland,  b.  Dec.  14,  1892. 

7.  Wentworth,  b.  at  Rosemont,  Pa.,  Sept.  7,  1895. 

2.  William,  b.  at  Lachine,  Canada,  March  9,  1854,  and  d.  at 
Barnard.  Vt.,  July  10,  1872,  when  a  student  at  the  University  of 

3.  Anna,  b.  at  Janesville,  Wis.,  July  25,  1858;  m.  June  22,  1887, 
William  Frederick  Dreer,  of  Philadelphia,  Pa.  They  have 
adopted  two  children,  Charlotte  and  Florence.  Res.  Rosemont, 
Pa.,  "Wentworth." 

4.  Charles  Storrow,  b.  Dec.  25,  1827;  d.  at  Surrounded  Hill, 
Ark.,  June  20,  1S90;  University  of  Vermont,  1847;  civil  engineer; 
residing  in  the  South,  where  he  constructed  and  had  charge  ot 
several  railroads,  and  was  also  in  charge  ol  the  engineers  who 
located  the  southern  boundary  of  Tennessee.  During  the  Civil 
war  he  had  charge  of  military  transportation  for  the  Confederate 
government  in  the  district  where  he  resided,  and  a  number  of 
times  attempted  to  come  North  ;  but  was  prevented,  as  his  serv- 
ices were  valuable  to  the  South. 

5.  Louisa  Jane,  b.  Aug.  25,  1830;  d.  Dec.  30,  1841.  She  was  a 
precocious  child,  acquiring  a  command  of  the  organ  when  quite 
voung  and  able  before  her  death  to  conduct  the  services  ot  the 

6.  Norman,  b.  Feb.  i,  1835,  at  Montreal,  Canada,  the  only  one 
of  the  children  born  out  of  Woodstock;  m.  Dec.  ii,  1867,  Caroline 
Cat  on,  dau.  of  Hon.  John  Dean  Caton,  of  Ottawa,  111.  Res.  1836 
Calumet  Av.,  Chicago,  111.  He  d.  June  19,  1899.  Ch. :  i.  Laura, 
b.  April  6,  1871;  m.  Gen.  Wesley  Merritt,  Oct.  24,  1898.  Maj.- 
Gen.  Wesley  Merritt  was  born  in  New  York  City,  June  16,  1836. 
He  was  graduated  at  the  United  States  Military  Academy,  July 
I,  i860,  and  assigned  to  the  dragoons;  was  promoted  first  lieu- 
tenant May  13,  1861,  and  captain  April  5,  1862.  He  took  part  in 
Gen.  George  Stoneman's  raid  toward  Richmond,  in  April  and 
May,  1863,  and  was  in  command  of  the  reserve  cavalry  brigade 
in  the  Pennsylvania  campaign  of  the  same  year,  being  commis- 
sioned brigadier  general  of  volunteers  in  June.  For  gallant  and 
meritorious  services  during  the  battle  of  Gettysburg  he  was 
brevetted  major.  Still  in  command  of  his  brigade,  he  took  part 
in  the  various  engagements  in  central  Virginia  in  1863-64,  and  was 
brevetted  lieutenant-colonel  and  colonel  in  the  regular  army,  and 
major-general  for  volunteers  for  gallantry  at  the  battles  of  Yel- 
low Tavern,  Hawes'   Shop  and  Winchester  respectively.       On 


March  13,  1865,  he  was  brevetted  brigadier-general  and  major 
general  in  the  regular  army  for  bravery  at  the  battle  of  Five 
Forks,  and  his  services  during  the  final  Virginia  campaign,  and 
on  April  14th  was  commissioned  major-general  of  volunteers. 
After  the  war  he  was  employed  chiefly  on  frontier  duly  until  1882, 
when  he  was  placed  in  charge  of  the  United  States  Military 
Academy,  at  West  Point.  In  June,  1S87,  he  was  ordered  to  Fort 
Leavenworth.  He  became  lieutenant-colonel  of  the  Ninth  cav- 
alry in  1866,  colonel  of  the  Fifth  cavalry  in  1876,  and  in  1887 
became  brigadier-general.  Later  commanded  the  department  of 
the  Atlantic  until  assigned,  in  May,  1898,  to  command  the  United 
States  torces  in  the  Philippine  Islands.  In  1899  he  commanded 
the  department  of  the  East  into  headquarters  at  Governor's 
Island,  and  in  1900,  if  arrangements  are  satisfactorily  perfected 
will  be  retired  with  the  rank  of  lieutenant-general.  2.  Norman, 
b.  Feb.  23,  1873.  3.  Caroline  Caton,  b.  May  8,  1875;  d.  May  25, 
1876.     4.  Mary  Wentworth,  b.  May  13,  187S. 

Norman  Williams  was  a  lawyer  and  a  man  of  large  affairs. 
He  was  born  in  Woodstock,  Vt.  His  father,  Norman  Williams, 
was  one  of  the  prominent  citizens  of  the  Vermont  town,  as  had 
been  his  grandfather,  Jesse  Williams,  who  was  interested  in  pub- 
lic affairs  and  was  a  man  of  much  influence  in  the  state.  His 
mother  was  Mary  Anne  Wentworth,  whose  family  had  contrib- 
uted members  who  had  served  in  important  colonial  offices  before 
the  Revolution,  and  more  than  one  member  of  which  served  as 
governor  of  New  Hampshire.  When  the  Revolution  came  they 
remained  loyal  to  the  crown,  and  when  the  English  troops  evacu- 
ated Boston  they  were  compelled  to  leave  also,  as  were  all  the 
prominent  Tories  of  that  time.  When  young  Norman  Williams 
had  finished  in  the  public  school  ot  his  native  town  he  was  sent 
to  Kimball  Union  Academy  at  Meriden,  N.  H.,  where  he  prepared 
for  college.  He  entered  the  University  of  Vermont,  from  which 
he  was  graduated  in  1855.  He  then  entered  the  Albany  Law 
School.  He  continued  his  studies  in  the  office  ot  the  law  firm  of 
Tracy,  Converse  &  Barrett,  at  Woodstock,  Vt.,  until  he  was 
admitted  to  practice.  After  being  enrolled  as  a  member  of  the 
bar  he  concluded  to  come  West,  and  in  October,  1858,  he  was 
located  in  Chicago,  and  with  an  office  as  a  lawyer.  For  two  years 
he  continued  to  practice  alone,  but  in  i860  he  formed  a  partner- 
ship with  King  &  Kales,  and  the  new  firm  became  King,  Kales  & 
Williams.  This  partnership  continued  until  1866,  when  Mr.  Wil- 
liams withdrew  and  became  a  law  partner  of  Gen.  John  L. 
Thompson,  under  the  firm  name  ot  Williams  &  Thompson. 
This  partnership  continued  until  the  death  of  General  Thomp- 
son, in  1888.  The  firm  later  became  Williams,  Holt  &  Wheeler. 
Mr.  Williams  had  not  been  in  Chicago  long  before  he  won  a 
reputation  as  a  business  lawj^er,  and  from  that  time  was 
identified  with  some  of  the  largest  business  enterprises  in  the 
city.  As  legal  adviser  he  assisted  in  the  formation  of  the  Pull- 
man Palace  Car  company,  and  became  a  member  of  the  first 
board  of  directors  of  the  company.  The  organization  of  the 
Western    Electric  company  was  due  to  Mr.    Williams'   efforts. 


The  first  telephone  for  public  use  in  Chicago  was  brought  here 
by  him.  The  formation  ot  the  Chicago  Telephone  company  and 
the  efficient  management  of  it,  making  it  one  of  the  important 
business  institutions  in  Chicago,  were  due  to  the  wisdom  and 
business  foresight  of  Mr.  Williams.  For  many  years  he  took  a 
keen  interest  in  electrical  matters.  He  became  an  expert  in  the 
theory  and  also  in  the  mechanics  of  electrical  engineering.  He 
was  also  the  first  legal  authority  on  subjects  related  to  electrical 
undertakings.  When  the  Paris  electrical  exposition  was  held,  in 
1881,  he  was  made  United  States  Commissioner  to  it.  For  many 
years  he  was  connected  with  the  Western  Union  Telegraph  com- 
pany in  an  advisory  legal  capacity,  and  also  managed  the  more 
important  part  ot  the  litigation  ot  this  company  in  the  west.  His 
business  ability  was  rewarded  with  such  success  that  he  became 
rated  among  the  wealthy  men  of  Chicago  before  he  had  reached 
the  prime  ot  life.  During  all  of  the  business  years  of  Mr.  Wil- 
liams' life  he  was  a  busy  man  and  occupied  with  large  affairs  ot 
both  legal  and  commercial  nature,  yet  he  found  time  to  devote  to 
public  matters.  He  contributed  largely  to  the  formation  ot  the 
first  regiment  of  colored  soldiers  in  Chicago  during  the  Civil  war 
and  to  the  arming  of  them.  He  also  found  time  for  literary  affairs. 
In  connection  with  his  brother,  Edward  H.  Williams,  he  founded 
the  "Norman  Williams  Public  Library,"  in  Woodstock,  Vt.,  this 
name  being  given  to  it  in  honor  of  his  father.  When  the  late 
John  Crerar  made  the  bequest  by  which  Chicago  was  g^ven  the 
Crerar  Library  Norman  Williams  and  Huntington  W.  Jackson 
were  named  in  the  will  as  the  trustees.  He  was  also  a  trustee  of 
the  Crerar  estate.  Mr.  Williams  was  made  the  first  president  ot 
the  library  and  the  work  of  organizing  the  big  institution  was 
placed  in  his  hands.  He  was  for  many  years  a  director  of  the 
Chicago  Public  Library  and  one  of  the  most  active  members  of 
the  directory.  He  was  always  alert  in  educational  matters. 
He  was  a  member  of  the  Chicago,  the  Calumet,  the  Literary,  and 
the  University  clubs.  He  was  a  student  traveler  who  had  passed 
many  seasons  in  European  travel  and  study,  and  as  a  result  of 
these  travels  he  acquired  a  large  and  most  valuable  library.  In 
addition  to  other  business  affairs  Mr.  Williams  was  trustee  of 
many  large  estates  and  served  as  executor  and  guardian  in  some 
of  the  largest.  His  name  was  identified  with  every  public  enter- 
prise of  a  big  kind  in  which  the  people  of  Chicago  have  been 
interested  in  the  last  twenty  years.  Mr.  Williams  was  a  member 
and  trustee  ot  the  Second  Presbyterian  church  of  Chicago.  For 
years  he  took  an  active  interest  in  the  affairs  of  this  congregation. 
He  also  was  deeply  interested  in  the  affairs  ot  the  Chicago 
Orphan  Asylum  and  was  president  of  the  institution.  In  politics 
he  was  a  Republican.  He  always  took  a  part  in  political  affairs, 
but  was  never  an  ofl&ce  seeker,  nor  did  he  ever  concern  himself 
with  machine  politics.  He  was  one  of  the  organizers  and  pro- 
moters of  the  Irish-American  Republican  club,  which  became  a 
strong  and  influential  organization  in  political  affairs.  Mr.  Wil- 
liams was  married  in  Ottawa,  111.,  to  Miss  Caroline  Caton,  daugh- 
ter  of  the  late  John  Dean  Caton,  chief  justice  of  the  Supreme 


Court  of  Illinois.  Three  children  survive  him.  They  are  two 
daughters,  Laura  and  Mary,  and  a  son,  Norman.  The  elder 
daughter,  Laura,  is  the  wife  of  Maj.  Gen.  Wesley  Merritt.  Their 
marriage  took  place  in  London,  England,  on  Oct.  24,  189S.  Gen- 
eral Merritt  had  just  returned  from  the  Philippine  Islands,  where 
he  had  commanded  the  land  forces  in  the  reduction  of  Manila. 
He  was  sent  then  to  Paris  to  attend  the  convention  engaged  in 
preparing  the  treaty  of  peace  with  Spain  and  the  United  Stntes. 
Miss  Williams  met  him  in  London,  and  there  the  wedding  took 
place  at  the  Hotel  Savoy.  In  recent  years  Mr.  Williams  had  not 
been  engaged  actively  in  business,  except  with  the  more  import- 
ant affairs  with  which  he  had  been  identified  previously. 

Charles  S.  Holt,  for  many  years  a  law  partner  of  Norman  Wil- 
liams, speaking  of  the  latter,  said:  "I  cannot  talk  about  him  now. 
We  were  most  intimately  associated  for  twenty-three  years.  No 
man  ever  had  more  friends  or  was  more  loyal  to  them.  His 
whole  nature  was  genial  and  sweet  and  he  delighted  in  sacrific- 
ing himself  for  those  he  loved.  Above  all  his  mental  power  and 
professional  success  he  will  live  in  the  memory  of  those  that 
knew  him  as  a  man  of  great  and  affectionate  love." 

7.  Susan  Arnold  Williams,  b.  Jan.  i,  1838;  d.  June  18,  1842. 

(q)  Lucy,  b.  Oct.  30.  1794;  d.  Nov.  4,  1794.  (r)  Charles,  b.  Oct. 
27,  1796;  d.  s.  p.  Oct.  6,  1829.  (s)  Hezekiah.  b.  July  29,  1798;  m. 
May  23,  1S26,  Eliza  Patterson,  of  Belfast,  Me.  He  graduated  at 
Dartmouth  College  in  1820;  was  a  lawyer  by  profession  and 
member  of  Congress  from  Maine,  1845-49.  He  d.  Oct.  23,  1856. 
She  d.,  Dixon,  111.,  Aug.  19,  1866.     Ch. : 

40.  Hezekiah,  b.  March  10,  1827;  d.,  s.  p.,  May  14,  1872.  He 
was  a  physician  and  medical  director  of  the  army  of  the  Tennessee 
in  the  Civil  war. 

41.  Margaret,  b.  Feb.  5,  1829;  d.  Jan.  14,  1844. 

42.  Lucia  Field,  b.  May  9,  1831;  m.  Goodwin;  res.  Chicago. 

43.  Edward  Patterson,  b.  Feb.  26,  1833;  d.  Jan.  24,  1870.  He 
entered  the  navy  as  midshipman ;  was  in  command  of  one  of  the 
monitors  during  the  Civil  war,  and  at  its  close  was  captain  of  the 
United  States  Steamship  Oneida,  which  was  run  down  by  the 
English  steamer  Bombay  in  the  harbor  of  Yokohama,  Japan,  at 
the  above  date.  Captain  Williams  atter  sending  off  all  who  could 
be  crowded  into  the  boats,  with  the  remainder  of  his  men  went 
down  with  his  ship.  He  left  two  sons,  one  is  Edward  Patterson, 
purchasing  agent  at  the  Baldwin  Locomotive  Works,  in  Phila- 

""■"-     44.  Martin  Henry,  b.  Feb.  24,  1835;  d.,  s.  p.,  July  19,  1878. 

45.  Charles,  b.  Sept.  9,  1836;  d.,  s.  p.,  Feb.  14,  1873. 

46.  Mary  Field,  b.  and  d.  Aug.,  1S40. 

47.  Mary  Field,  b.  May  7,  1842. 

(t)  Mary  Field,  b.  May  11,  iSoo;  m.  Charles  Henry,  of  Bradford; 
three  children,  (u)  George  Palmer,  b.  April  13,  1802.  He  was  a 
minister  of  the  Episcopal  church,  tutor  at  Kenyon  College,  first 
professor  at  the  University  of  Michigan,  and  at  his  death  pro- 
fessor and  professor  emeritus  of  Physics;  there  m.  Elizabeth 
Edson,  dau.  of  General  Joseph,  of  Randolph,  Sept.  22,  1829.     She 



d.  Ann  Arbor,  Mich.,  June  24,  1850;  m.,  2d,  Mrs.  Richards.  Two 
ch. :  Mary  and  Louise,  both  married,  (v)  Lucia,  b.  April  5,  1804; 
m.  Dr.  Willard  P.  Gibson ;  five  children,  (w)  Frederick  Aug- 
ustus. He  lived  upon  the  old  Phinehas  Williams  place,  in  West 
Woodstock;  moved  to  Michigan;  m.  Miss  Sue  and  had  two  chil- 

5.  Bennett,  b.  1763;  d.,  s.  p.,  179S. 

6.  Roger,  b.  1769.  He  went  to  Woodstock  with  his  father. 
The  accidental  death  of  his  brother  affected  him  through  life,  so 
that  he  was  of  a  quiet  and  melancholy  disposition.  He  m.  Irene 
Ransom  and  had  two  children.  Laura,  b. ;  m.  Judge  Ham- 
mond.     Caroline  b. ;  m.   Capt.   John  Orcutt,   of  Randolph, 

where  they  resided.     Roger;  m.,  2d,  Mrs.  Ely. 

7.  Hezekiah,  b.  1770;  d.  Sept.  4,  1778.  He  was  accidentally 
shot  by  his  brother  while  going  after  cows.  It  was  the  day  that 
the  Hiram  Powers  house  was  raised,  and  as  all  the  men  in  the 
town  were  assisting.  Experience  rode  to  the  village  to  bring  his 
father  home. 

8.  Elizabeth,  b.  Nov.  30,  1775;  m.  March  15,  1795,  Dr.  Stephen 
Drew,  who  studied  with  Dr.  Powers.  From  them  descended  the 
families  of  Drew,  French,  Willard,  Kendall,  Storrs,  McConnell, 
Bowen,  Lovell,  Hayes  and  Wood. 

BETSEY,  b.  Aug.  10,  1737;  m.  Sept.  22,  1763,  William  Gurley,  of 

Mansfield;  d.  Nov.  16,  1776.     He  d.  Aug.  16,  1814. 
LUCY,  b.  Feb.    11,  1739;  m.  March  8,    1760,   Gershom  Palmer,   of 

ELIZABETH,  b.  Sept.  26,  1740;  m.  Sept.  24,  1761,  Thomas  Root, 

of  Coventry  and  Westminster,  Vt. 
HULDAH,  b.  Feb.  24,  1743;  m.  Moses  Bicknell. 
SARAH,  b.   Aug.   9,  1744;  m.  May  22,   1766,   Zebulon  Gurley,   of 
Mansfield.     She  d.  Jan.  i,  1793.     He  d.  Jan.  i,  1800. 

vii.  BETHIA,  b.  April  8,  1746;  m.  April  17,  1767,  Seth  Pierce,  of  Mans- 
field, Conn. ;  res.  Berlin,  Vt.  He  was  son  of  Seth  (Samuel, 
Samuel,  Thomas,  Thomas),  b.  Sept.  12,  1744;  d.  Homer,  N.  Y., 
in  1835.  She  d.  Sept.  18,  1807,  and  he  m.,  2d,  Patty  Rindge. 
Ch. :  I.  Sarah,  b.  Nov.  20,  1767;  m.  Royal  Storrs.  2.  Lucinda, 
b.  Sept.  14,  1769;  m.  Thomas  Welch.  3.  Bennett,  b.  Sept.  12, 
1771;  d.  March,  17,  1773.  4.  Gordon,  b.  Aug.  31,  1773;  ™. 
Thirsa  Smally.  5.  Samuel,  b.  May  23,  1777;  d.  Aug.  26,  1778. 
6.  Samuel,  b.  May  20,  1779;  m.  Persis  Barrows.  7.  Elijah,  b. 
April  27,  1781;  m.  Patty  Moulton.  8.  Seth,  b.  Feb.  17,  1784.  9. 
Daniel,  b.  March  16,  1786.  10.  Elizabeth,  b.  Sept.  12,  1788;  m. 
Chester  Collins.     11.  Bela,  b.  April  13,  1792. 

viii.     HANNAH,  b.  May  2b,  1748;  m.  Stephen  Brigham. 

ix.       AMOS,  b.  April  20,  1750;  m.  Zeriah  Baldwin. 

X.         BENNETT,  b.  April  12,  1752;  m.  Elizabeth  Pierce. 

xi.        SAMUEL,  b.  May  6,  1754;  m.  Eunice  Dunham. 

xii.      ELIJAH,  b.  April  20,  1756;  m.  Tanison  Crane. 

JOHN  FIELD  (John.  John,  Zechariah,  John  John,  Richard,  William, 
j,  b.  Hatfield,  Mass.,  Sept.  14,  1700;  m.  in  1733,  Editha  Dickinson,  b.  Aug. 
dau.  of  Ebenezer  and  Hannah  (Frary);  d.  Dec.  25,  1740;  m.,  2d,  there  Ann 
















23,  1707, 


Bagg.  Mrs.  Edith  Field  was  granddaughter  of  Samuel  Dickinson,  b.  July,  1638 ; 
m.  Martha  Bridgeman,  b.  1649,  dau.  of  James,  of  Springfield,  Mass,  who  removed 
to  Northampton.  Samuel  was  son  of  Nathaniel,  who  came  from  England  and 
located  at  Weathersfield  in  1637;  town  clerk,  1645;  representative,  1646  to  1658; 
removed  to  Hadley,  Mass.,  in  1659;  was  a  deacon  and  d.  June  6,  1676.  He  d.  May  26, 
1762;  res.  Hatfield,  Mass. 

570.  i.         MEDAD,  b.  Aug.  8,  1734:  m.  Martha  Morton. 

571.  ii.        EDITHA,  b.  June  15,    1737;  m.  Jan.  22,  1760,  Augustus  Fitch,  of 

Windsor,  Conn. 

572.  iii.       HANNAH,  b.   Oct.   5,  1740;  m.  Silas  Graves,  son  of  Elnathan,  b. 

Feb.  8,  1732,  of  Hatfield. 

311.  AMOS  FIELD  (John,  John,  Zechariah,  John,  John,  Richard.  William, 
William),  b.  Hatfield,  Mass.,  June  24,  1708;  m.  Aug.  30,  1739,  Mehitable  Day,  dau. 
of  Thomas,  of  Hartford,  Conn.     He  d.  Oct.  10,  1759;  res.  Hatfield,  Mass. 

573.  i.         ZECHARIAH,  b.  Jan.  6,  1744;  m.  Mehitable  Dickinson  and  Rachel 

574-     li.        MEHITABLE,  b.  1746. 

575.  iii.       AMOS,  b.  1748. 

312.  ELIAKIM  FIELD  (John,  John,  Zechariah,  John.  John,  Richard,  William, 
William),  b.  Hatfield,  Mass.,  Nov.  27,  1711;  m.  in  1752,  Esther  Graves,  of  Whately, 
dau.  of  David  and  Abigail  (Bardwell),  b.  Nov.  29,  1732.  David  Graves,  b.  Dec. 
1693,  m.  June,  1720,  Abigail  Bardwell,  dau,  of  Robert  of  Hatfield,  who  served  in 
the  "Falls  Fight"  under  Capt.  Turner  in  King  Phillip's  war.  Robert  m.  Mary 
Gull,  dau.  of  William  Gull,  of  Weathersfield,  who  on  coming  from  England,  located 
at  Hadley,  Mass.,  1663;  d.  1701.     David  Graves  was  son  of  Samuel,  b.  1665;    m. 

16S7,  Sarah ;  res.  Sunderland,  Mass.,  and  she  d.  Oct.  15,  1734.  Samuel  was  son 

of  John  Graves,  who  m.  Mary  Smith,  b.  1630,  dau.  of  Samuel  Smith,  and  wife  Eliz- 
abeth from  England.  John  Graves  was  killed  by  Indians  in  Sept.,  1677.  She  d. 
Dec.  16,  1668.  His  father  was  Thomas  Graves,  who  came  from  England  with  his 
wife  Sarah  to  Hartford,  Conn. ;  removed  to  Hadley,  and  d.  in  1662.  His  wife  Sarah 
d.  in  1666.     He  d.  Feb.  8,  1786;  res.  Hatfield,  Mass. 

576.  i.         ZENAS,  b.  Aug.  10,  1753;  m.  Sarah  Burroughs  and  Lydia  Cathcart. 

577.  ii.        SARAH,  b.  April  22,   1755;  m.   David  Scott  (his  second  wife),  of 


578.  iii.       ZILPAH,  b.  Nov.  13,  1756;  m.  Abner  Loomis.    He  was  of  Colchester, 

Conn.  Res.  Whately,  Mass.  He  d.  April  2,  1S12,  aged  62.  She 
d.  March  22,  1847.  Ch. :  i.  Sally,  b.  Aug.  24,  1783.  2.  Jona- 
than C,  b.  Oct.  18, 1785.  3.  William,  b.  Sept.  26, 1789.  4.  Leonard, 
b.  July  30,  1797.  5.  Luther,  b.  Nov.  20,  1798. 
579-  iv.  RHODA,  b.  Oct.  26,  1758;  m.  Elisha  Waite,  of  Hatfield.  He  d. 
June  29,  1816;  shed.  Jan.  19,  1819. 

JOHN,  b.  Aug.  25,  1760;  m.  Lucy  Look. 

ABIGAIL,  b.  July  21,  1762;  m.  Roger  Dickinson,  of  Whately;  she 
d.  Feb.  9,  1809. 

DAVID,  b.  April  11,  1764;  m.  Tabitha  Clark. 

ESTHER,  b.  April  4,  1767;  an  invalid;  d.  unm. 

HANNAH,  b.  June  21,  1769;  ra.  May  ro,  1796,  Samuel  Grimes,  b. 
1771;  d.  March  24,  i8i6,  in  Whately,  Mass.;  m.,  2d,  probably, 
April  25,  1823,  Oliver  Cooley,  of  South  Deerfield.  She  d.  May  13, 
1843.  Oliver  Cooley  was  a  trader  and  inuholder;  Hannah  was  his 
second  wife,  s.  p. 












318.  LIEUT.  JOHN  FIELD  (Zechariah,  John.  Zechariah.  John.  John,  Rich- 
ard,  William,  William),  b.  Jan.  12,  1718;  m.  July  ro,  1738,  Hannah  Boltwood,  dau. 
of  Samuel  and  Hannah  (Alexander),  of  Amherst.  John  Field,  son  of  Zechariah 
and  Sarah  (Clark),  b.  in  Hatfield,  Mass.  He  removed  in  1736  to  Amherst,  where  he 
d.  His  res.  was  where  some  of  the  college  buildings  now  stand.  He  was  a  prom- 
inent man  in  town,  holding  various  town  offices.  He  held  a  lieutenant's  commission 
under  the  king,  and  at  first  refused  to  take  the  side  of  the  colonies.  At  a  meeting 
of  the  Council  of  Safety,  held  at  Northampton,  Nov.  10,  1776.  he  was  cited  to  appear 
before  the  Colonial  authorities,  when  he  renounced  his  allegiance  to  the  king,  and 
became  a  firm  supporter  of  the  colonial  cause.     Res.  Amherst,  Mass. 

585.  i.         JOHN,  bap.   May  18,    1740;    m.   Elizabeth    Henderson    and    Mrs. 

Rachel  (Waite)  Wells. 

586.  ii.        ABIGAIL,  bap.  July  11,  1742;  d.  in  infancy. 

587.  iii.       MARTHA  BOLTWOOD,  bap.  Oct.  2.  1743;  m.  Col.  Nathan  Allen. 

of  Amherst,  and  Thomas  Bascom.  Res.  Amherst  and  Hatfield, 
Mass.  Ch. :  I.  Joel,  b.  Sept.  18,  1773.  2.  Nathan,  b.  June  22, 
1775.  3.  Martha,  b,  Aug.  12,  1777.  4.  Nathan,  b.  April  8,  1779. 
5.  David,  b.  Aug.  8,  1780. 

588.  iv.       MARY,  bap.  July  27,  1746;  m.  in  1765,  Joel  Billings,  of  Amherst; 












she  d.  Aug.   18,  1813.     He  was  son  of  Deacon  John,  b.  April  i,      j,no_ 
1747;  d.  Nov.  4,  1825;  his  second  wife  was  Mrs.  Lombard.       ^^ 

589.  V.  ABIGAIL,  bap.  June  5,  1748;  m.  in  1770,  Gideon  Dickinson,  Jr.,  of 
Amherst.  They  removed  to  Washington,  Vt. ;  she  d. ,  and  'he  m., 
2d,  Lydia  Dickinson;  six  children. 

590.  vi.  SARAH,  bap.  May  27,  1750;  m.  in  1774,  Timothy  Clapp,  of  Am- 
herst; she  d.  Feb.,  1799.  He  was  bap.  May  21,  1749;  son  of  Pre- 
served and  Sarah  (West);  res.  Amherst,  Mass.;  he  left  one  dau., 
Patty,  who  m.  Nov.  26,  1801,  Elihu  Belding,  of  Amherst. 

EBENEZER,  b.  March  22,  1752;  m.  Sarah  Gould. 

SAMUEL,  bap.  Jan.  20,  1754;  m.  Meriam  Nash. 

JEMIMA,  bap.  May  25,  1755;  m.  Jan.  15,  1775,  Oliver  Bridgman,  of 

JONATHAN,  bap.  Dec.  9,  1739;  m.  Sally  Smith  and Johnson. 

ZECHARIAH,  b.  in  1757.  Field,  Zechariah,  Amherst.  Return  of 
men  drafted  from  Hampshire  county  militia  to  march  to  Horse 
Neck  under  command  of  Col.  Samuel  How  (year  not  given),  but 
who  failed  to  join  regiment;  drafted  to  Amherst;  drafted  into 
Capt.  Brakenridge's  CO.     Mass.,  Rev.  Records. 

322.  COL.  DAVID  FIELD  (Samuel,  Samuel,  Zechariah.  John.  John,  Richard, 
William,  William),  b.  Hatfield,  Mass.,  Jan.  4,  1712;  m.  1740,  Mrs.  Thankful  Taylor. 
b.  July  18,  1 716,  dau.  of  Thomas  and  widow  of  Oliver  Doolittle.  She  d.  March  26, 
1803.  He  settled  in  Deerfield,  where  he  was  engaged  in  mercantile  business,  also 
in  trading  with  the  Indians  on  the  Mohawk  river,  N.  Y.  From  his  generosity  and 
g^eat  losses  during  the  Revolution  he  failed  in  business,  and  his  large  landed  estate 
was  sold  for  a  small  part  of  its  value,  and  from  his  notes  and  accounts  never  realized 
six  cents  on  the  dollar  of  their  amount  which  was  nearly  twenty  thousand  pounds. 
The  store  in  which  he  traded  was  taken  down  in  the  spring  of  1877.  He  was  a 
member  of  the  first  Massachusetts  Congress  that  met  in  Concord  in  1774;  also  in  the 
Congress  that  met  in  Cambridge  in  1775.  He  was  a  member  of  the  Massachusetts 
Council  of  Safety,  who  gave  a  commission  signed  May  4,  1775,  of  colonel  to  Benedict 
Arnold  for  raising  four  hundred  men  from  the  Berkshire  regiments  for  the  capture 


of  Fort  Ticonderoga.  They  also  gave  him  an  order  on  Col.  Thomas  W.  Dickinson, 
of  Deerfield,  dated  May  5,  1775,  for  him  to  procure  for  the  army  to  be  raised  for  the 
capture  of  Fort  Ticonderoga  fifteen  thousand  pounds  of  beef  cattle,  and  deliver 
them  at  or  near  said  fort,  which  order  he  gave  Mr.  Dickinson  on  the  morning  of 
the  6th  at  the  tavern  of  Major  Salah  Barnard,  where  he  took  breakfast.  Col.  Dick- 
inson purchased  the  cattle  and  started  them  on  the  morning  of  the  7th,  taking  with 
him  his  younger  brother  Consider,  then  a  lad  of  fourteen,  and  reached  Castleton, 
Vt.,  on  the  12th,  the  same  day  the  troops  from  Berkshire  arrived,  where  he  met  an 
order  from  Arnold  to  turn  all  the  cattle  but  four  yoke  which  were  to  be  used  by  the 
troops  for  transportation,  the  fort  having  been  already  captured  on  the  morning  of 
the  loth  by  Col.  Ethan  Allen  and  his  Green  Mountain  boys.  He  was  commissary- 
general  under  Gen.  Stark  at  the  battle  of  Bennington,  Aug.  16,  1777,  and  was  in 
command  of  a  regiment  for  a  short  time.  He  was  a  very  active  and  influential  man 
In  town  and  received  from  his  townsmen  many  important  offices.  He  was  in  the 
confidence  of  John  Hancock  and  other  leading  men  of  the  times. 

The  Massachusetts  State  Rev.  Records  has  this!  "Field,  David.  Official 
record  of  a  ballot  by  the  House  of  Representatives  dated  Jan.  31,  1776;  said  Field 
chosen  colonel  of  5th  Hampshire  Co.  regt.  of  Mass.  militia;  appointment  concurred 
in  by  Council  Feb.  8,  1776;  reported  commissioned  Feb.  8,  1776;  also  colonel;  re- 
turn dated  Boston,  April  8,  1777,  signed  by  Brig.-Gen.  Timothy  Danielson,  of  com- 
panies of  militia  from  Hampshire  Co.,  which  turned  out  as  volunteer  under  Col. 
David  Leonard  and  Lieut.  Col.  Nay  to  reinforce  the  army  at  Ticonderoga,  agreeable 
to  order  of  Council  of  Feb.  — ,  1777;  two  companies  raised  from  said  Field's  regt. ; 
also,  resignation  dated  Deerfield,  Feb.  14,  1778,  signed  by  said  Field,  stating  that 
he  had  been  appointed  to  the  'first  commission'  in  5th  Hampshire  Co.  regt.,  that  he 
had  served  in  that  capacity  to  the  best  of  his  ability,  but  owing  to  old  age  was  no 
longer  able  to  fulfill  the  duties  of  his  office,  and  asking  that  his  resignation  be 
accepted;  resignation  accepted  bj-  General  Court,  Feb.  20,  1778." 

From  Deerfield  town  records ; 

"The  uncertainty  of  Success  in  this  our  attempt  (should  the  season  prove  favor- 
able) by  reason  of  our  Remoteness  from  market.  The  scarcity  of  i\Ioney  Amongst 
us  and  the  apprehension  of  an  Heavier  Tax  this  year  so  influenced  the  Town,  that 
we  had  not  a  vote  for  a  Representative  and  Caused  us  to  Hope  should  this  our  State 
be  laid  before  your  Honours,  you  would  not  lay  a  fine  upon  us  (who  are  scarce  100 
families)  for  not  Complying  with  the  precept  sent  us  in  all  which  is  submitted  to 
yo'ir  Hours  Wise  Consideration  by  your  Honrs  obedient  Humble  Servants — Wm. 
Williams,  David  Field,  Jonath  Hoit. " 

"To  the  Honble  House  of  Representatives  in  Gen.  Court  Assembled  May  29. 
1 751:  We  the  Subscribers  Selectmen  of  the  Town  of  Deerfield  and  at  the  request  of 
sd  Town  on  our  and  their  behalf  Humbly  Desire  In  excuse  for  not  sending  any 
Person  this  year  to  Represent  us  in  the  Great  and  General  Court ;  To  oflfer  the  fol- 
lowing reasons:  That  we  have  been  great  sufi'erers  in  the  last  war,  in  being  Drt)ve 
from  our  improvements  so  that  we  have  been  obliged  to  buy  pork  of  our  neighbors 
and  have  had  befor  the  War,  more  fat  Cattle  in  our  Stalls  in  May,  than  has  been 
fatted  in  Town  any  year  since  the  War  Commenced,  and  what  few  we  fatted  the 
last  year  take  the  Town  together  did  not  fetch  what  they  cost  in  the  Fall  by  which 
our  Time,  Hay  and  Provender  was  entirely  lost  to  us.  That  through  Difficulty  we 
have  Repaired  our  Fences  that  were  not  Burnt  and  made  Such  new  as  were;  and  at 
the  desire  of  Many  and  particularly  some  Gentlemen  in  Boston,  have  laid  ourselves 
out  to  our  utmost  by  Clearing,  Fitting  and  Sowing  some  Hundred  acres  of  Wheat; 
for  an  Experiment  whether  we  cannot  raise  as  good  as  the  other  Governments.  In 
doing  of  which  we  have  unavoidably  expended  what  little  money  we  had,  which 


will  in  no  poor  Degree  be  evidenced  by  the  Acts  of  the  Committee  Appointed  to  give 
Certificates  (to)  such  as  had  any  money  to  Exchange  for  the  Dollars." 
He  d.  April  19,  1792;  res.  Deerfield,  Mass. 

596.  i.         MARY,  b.  Oct.  31,  174 1;    m.  Sept.  i,  1755,  Rev.  James  Taylor,  of 

Norwalk.  He  was  the  son  of  John;  was  b.  1729;  was  graduated 
at  Yale  College  in  1754,  and  was  schoolmaster  at  Deerfield  in  1755. 
Studied  theology  with  Parson  Ashley,  settled  as  minister  in  New 
Fairfield  in  1758.  In  1764  he  was  tried  for  holding  doctrines  of 
Sandemanianism  by  the  Association,  and  was  deposed  from  the 
ministry.  He  returned  to  Deerfield,  but  soon  settled  in  Buckland. 
He  held  to  his  new  doctrines  through  life,  and  was  killed  by  a 
limb  falling  upon  him  July  7,  1785.  Was  the  first  person  buried 
in  the  Buckland  graveyard.  She  d.  Dec.  29,  1779.  Ch. :  i.  Mary, 
bap.  Oct.  27,  1755;  d.  young.  2.  Mary,  b.  June  29,  1758;  m.  Daniel 
Trowbridge.  3.  John  James  Stewart,  b..  Jan.  30,  1761;  m.  Mary 
E.  Hawks.  4.  Tirza,  b.  Jan.  11,  1764;  m.  Seth  Hawks,  Jr.  5. 
David  Field,  b.  Jan.  19,  1767;  m.  Rhoda  Thompson.  6.  Hannah, 
b.  June  16,  1772;  m.  Col.  Elihu  Hoyt.  7.  Betty  Filena,  b.  July  8, 
1774;  m.  Hezekiah  Hurlburt.  8.  Gratia,  b,  June  17,  1777;  m. 
Daniel  Hurlburt.  9.  Sarah  Amarilla,  b.  Dec.  27,  1779;  m.  Zecha- 
nah  Dutton.  10.  Samuel  Edwards,  b. ;  a  teacher  at  Buck- 
land  and  Conway,  and  d.  at  latter  place,  Feb.  13,  1793. 

597.  ii.        SAMUEL,  b.  Sept.  14,  1743;  m.  Sarah  Childs. 

598.  iii.       RUFUS,  b.  July  20,  1745;  d.  July  23,  1746. 

599.  iv.       DAVID,  b.  May  4,  1747;  m.  Hannah  Childs. 

600.  V.         TIRZA,  b.  April  16,  1749;  m.  Nov.  28,  1771,  Jonathan  Ashley,  and 

Aug.  27,  1792,  Rev.  Jonathan  Leavitt,  of  Heath.  Ashley  was  son 
of  Jonathan,  Jr.,  b.  1739;  was  graduated  at  Yale  in  1758;  was  a 
lawyer  with  a  large  practice;  was  a  Tory,  in  consequence  of  which 
he  got  into  trouble.  After  the  Revolution  he  lived  in  Shelburne ; 
was  there  in  1785-86;  sold  his  house  in  Deerfield  in  1786.  He  d. 
May  30,  1787;  she  d.  Nov.  22,  1797.  Ch. ;  i.  William,  b.  Sept. 
28,  1772;  d.  Oct.  7,  1772.  2.  Harriet,  bap.  Oct.  24,  1773;  m.  Eliel 
Gilbert.  3.  Tirza,  b.  Nov.  19,  1774;  m.  Rufus  Saxton.  4.  Doro- 
thy, b.  March  3,  1776;  m.  Roswell  Leavett.  5.  Abigail,  b.  Sept. 
7,  1777;  m.  David  White.  6.  Elizabeth  Matilda,  bap.  May  i,  1780; 
d.  on  Dark  Day,  May  19,  1780. 

601.  vi.        OLIVER,  b.  Sept.  13,  1751;  m.  Ketnra  Hoyt. 

602.  vii.      ELIHU,  b.  Oct.  16,  1753;  m.  Hepzibah  Dickinson. 

603.  viii.     THANKFUL,  b.  March  25,  1758;   m.  Jan.  25,  1775,  Col.  Thomas 

Wells  Dickinson,  son  of  Thomas,  b.  1751;  lived  on  lot  No.  i;  was 
a  farmer;  captain  of  militia  company  May  3,  1776;  major  May  22, 
1778;  lieutenant-colonel  June  19,  1794;  Whig  in  Revolution;  ap- 
pointed assistant  commissary  under  Col.  Arnold,  May  4,  1775. 
For  several  years  he  did  valuable  work  in  patriot  cause  in  that 
department;  in  1780  was  in  the  continental  army  as  lieutenant, 
under  Capt,  Isaac  Newton  in  Col.  Murray's  regt. ;  was  at  West 
Point  and  vicinity  when  the  treason  of  his  old  commander  was 
discovered,  and  saw  Washington  when  he  arrived  on  the  scene 
from  Hartford.  He  d.  May  16,  1835;  she  d.  Jan.  21,  1836.  Ch, : 
I.  Pamelica.  b.  Dec.  5,  1775;  d.  July  21,  1778.  2.  Jonathan,  b. 
May  8,  1778;  m.  Nancy  Paine,  dau.  of  Gen.  Edward.     3.  Pamelica, 


b.  May  23,  1780;  m.  Robert  Bard  well.  4.  Thankful,  b.  Jan.  23, 
1782;  m.  Pliny  Arms.  5.  Thomas  W.,  b.  March  26,  1784;  m. 
Lucy  Hoyt.  6.  Rev.  Rodolphus,  b.  June  27,  1786;  m.  Nancy 
Hoyt.  7.  David,  F.,  b.  April  12,  1793;  m.  Fanny  Hoyt  and  Mrs. 
Amelia  (Jones)  Ware.  8.  Clarissa,  b.  Dec.  29,  1794;  d.  unm.  Feb. 
27,  1862.  9.  Richard,  b.  Nov.  23,  1798;  d.,  s.  p.,  July  30,  1871. 
604.  ix.  FILANA,  b.  Sept.  5,  1761;  m.  about  1785.  Consider  Dickinson.  He 
was  b.  1 761 ;  was  several  times  out  in  the  continental  service;  was 
at  Fort  Griswold,  whence  he  was  discharged  the  day  before  it  was 
captured  by  Arnold,  and  later  at  Newburgh.  After  the  war  he 
spent  some  years  in  Canada  hunting  and  trading  in  turs.  He 
was  a  noted  character  and  a  prominent  figure  in  Deerfield  in  his 
day,  and  especially  noted  for  his  exhaustless  fund  of  humorous 
anecdotes  and  song.  He  lived  on  the  house  lot  which  the  proprie- 
tors voted  Rev.  John  Williams  when  he  went  there  to  preach  in 
1686;  the  last  lineal  descendant  of  Parson  Williams  there  sold  it 
in  1789  to  Mr.  Dickinson,  after  living  on  the  place  for  sixty-five 
years.  "Uncle  Sid,"  as  he  was  universally  called,  d.  Dec.  4, 
1854,  aged  94.  By  industry,  good  judgment  and  economy  he  had 
accumulated  what  was  a  large  property  for  the  times,  which  was 
left  without  reserve  to  his  wife;  but  there  is  evidence  of  a  mutual 
understanding  that  it  was  to  be  eventually  used  for  some  public 
purpose;  this  fund  was  impaired  by  some  unfortunate  invest- 
ments, but  by  the  most  scrupulous  economy  and  conscientious  fru- 
gality "Aunt  Esther"  was  able  to  leave  a  largely  increased  amount 
to  a  board  of  trustees  for  the  purpose  of  establishing  and  main- 
taining a  free  academy  and  public  library  on  this  old  historic 
ground ;  the  building  erected  for  these  institutions  probably  covers 
the  very  spot  where  stood  the  house  of  Parson  John  Williams, 
Feb.  29,  1703-4,  and  whence  he  and  his  family  were  earned  to  death 
or  captivity.  Filana  d.  Oct.  31,  1831,  and  he  ra.,  2d,  1840,  Esther 
327.  CAPT.  MOSES  FIELD  (Thomas,  Samuel,  Zechariah,  John,  John,  Rich- 
ard, William,  William),  b.  Longmeadow,  Mass.,  Feb.  16,  1722;  m.  Sept.  15,  1748, 
Rebecca  Cooley,  dau.  of  Jonathan  and  Joanna;  d.  Feb.  14,  1783;  m.,  2d,  Nov.  i, 
1783,  Mrs.  Lydia  Champion,  widow  of  Dr.  Reuben,  of  West  Springfield;  she  d.  May 
I,  1809.  He  served  five  years  in  the  Revolutionary  army,  and  was  promoted  to  the 
rank  of  captain.     He  d.  March  7,  1815;  res.  Longmeadow,  Mass. 

605.     i.         REBECCA,,  b.   Nov.  29,   1748;   m.   Nov.  25,  1773,  Amariah  Wool- 
worth,  of  Longmeadow;  d.  Dec.  20,  1836. 

ELIJAH,  b.  Dec.  23,  1750;  d.  Dec.  31,  1767. 

OLIVER,  b.  Nov.  15,  1752;  m.  Ann  Cooley. 

MOSES,  b.  Feb.  9,  1755;  m.  Lydia  Champion. 

DIADEMIA,  b.  Oct.  9,  1756;  m.  March  4,  1788,  Stephen  Williams. 
She  m.,  2d,  June  25,  1793,  Jacob  Kibbe,  of  Monson,  and  she  d. 

AARON,  b.  June  24,  1761;  m.  Flavia  Burt. 

ALEXANDER,  b.   Feb.    5,   1764;   m.    Flavia  Colton  and  Jerusha 

SARAH,  b.  Feb.  24,  1766;  d.  July  12,  1777. 

NAOMI,  b.  May  22,  1777;  d.  July  31,  1777. 

AARON,  b.  June  24,  1759;  d.  Aug.  30,  1760. 






















328.  DR.  SIMEON  FIELD  (Thomas,  Samuel,  Zechariah,  John,  John.  Rich- 
ard. William,  William),  b.  Longmeadow,  Mass.,  April  25,  1731;  m.  Dec.  29,  1763, 
Margaret  Reynolds,  dau.  of  Rev.  Peter  and  Elizabeth,  b.  July  16,  1742;  d.  Feb.  9, 
1796.  He  gfraduated  at  Yale  College  as  a  physician.  He  settled  in  Enfield,  Conn., 
where  he  was  very  celebrated,  and  had  an  extensive  practice.  He  also  kept  a  tav- 
ern which  is  now,  1900,  still  standing,  and  is  known  as  the  old  Field  tavern.  He 
also  was  an  active  and  influential  man  during  the  Revolution,  and  during  his  time 
was  easily  the  most  important  man  in  his  town. 

Rev.  Nathaniel  Collins,  of  Enfield,  sued  Simeon  Field,  one  of  the  principal 
inhabitants  of  Enfield,  and  of  the  first  church  society,  and  the  rest  of  the  inhabit- 
ants, but  was  defeated,  April  29,  1771 — Public  Records  of  Connecticut. 

He  d.  Jan.  7,  1801;  res.  Enfield,  Conn. 

615.  i.         SIMEON,  b.  June  3,  1765.     He  graduated  at  Yale  College  in  1785, 

a  physician.  He  settled  in  Somers,  Conn.,  but  after  his  father's 
death  returned  to  Enfield,  where  he  died  unmarried  March  i,  1822. 

616.  ii.        MARGARET,   b.   Feb.   27,    1768;    m.    Dec.    19,    1791.   Rev.   Joshua 

Leonard,  of  Ellington,  Conn,  and  removed  to  New  York.  He  d.  in 
Auburn.  N.  Y.,  Dec.  18,  1843,  aged  75.  Ch. ;  i.  John  Adams 
Leonard,  b.  Elington,  Conn..  Jan.  16,  1799;  ™'  Alton,  111.,  Annis 
Armitage,  d.  there  1858;  he  d.  Chicago,  Jan.  13,  1886.  Ch. ; 
(a)  Margaret,  dead,  (b)  Laura  Annis,  dead,  (c)  Maria,  (d)  Flora, 
dead,  (e)  Simeon  Field,  d.  two  years  old.  (f)  Simeon  Field,  b. 
Sept.  4,  1852;  m.  Sept.  11,  1879,  Louise  Adele  Chandler,  b.  Nov. 
5,  1853;  res.  212  So.  Grove  avenue.  Oak  Park,  111.  Ch. ;  i.  John 
Chandler  Leonard.  ii.  Laura  Francis  Leonard,  iii.  Edward 
Simeon  Leonard,  iv.  Robert  Weston  Leonard,  v.  Dean  Rollins 
Leonard,  vi.  James  Chandler  Leonard  and  vii.  Louise  Chandler 
Leonard,  twins,  viii.  Margaret  Elizabeth  Leonard,  (g)  Eliza- 
beth, dead.     Margaret  d.  March  5,  1824. 

617.  iii.       MARY,  b.  Feb.  22,  1771;  m.  Oct.  15,  1801,  Hon.  William  Dixon,  of 

Enfield,  Conn. ;  she  d.  Oct.  23,  1845.  He  was  b.  about  1775 ;  d. 
about  T839;  res.  Enfield,  Conn.  He  was  b.  in  Killingly,  Conn., 
and  while  a  young  man  settled  in  Enfield ;  there  for  some  time  he 
taught  school ;  another  brother  being  engaged  in  a  similar  profes- 
sion in  the  same  building,  only  in  another  room.  He  studied  law 
and  practiced  there  until  his  death.  As  will  be  noticed  in  the  pic- 
ture of  his  residence,  the  one-story  addition  at  the  left  of  main  part 
was  used  as  his  law  ofiice.  He  was  representative  to  the  General 
Court,  and  for  twelve  years  was  the  trusted  and  honored  town 
clerk.  He  erected  the  bridge  in  that  town  that  spans  the  Connec- 
ticut river,  by  the  aid  of  a  lottery,  in  1832.  This  toll  bridge  which 
several  years  ago  was  condemned  as  unsafe  for  use  is  now  the 
property  of  William  Dixon  Marsh,  of  Evanston,  111.,  having  been 
willed  to  him  by  his  father,  whose  wife  was  a  daughter  of  Mrs. 
Dixon.  The  children  of  Hon.  Wm.  Dixon  were :  i.  Simeon  Field 
Dixon.  He  was  graduated  at  Yale  College;  studied  law;  prac- 
ticed his  profession,  and  d.  unm.  2.  William  E.,  m.  Elizabeth 
Johnson ;  he  was  a  Congregational  clergyman ;  two  ch. :  William  J. 
and  Charles,  both  res.  Cimeron,  Kan. 

3.  James,  b.  in  Enfield,  Conn.,  Aug.  5,  1814;  d.  in  Hartford, 
March  27,  1873.  He  was  graduated  at  Williams  with  distinction  in 
1834;  studied  law  in  his  father's  office,  and   began   practice   in 


Enfield;  but  soon  rose  to  eminence  at  the  bar,  removed  to  Hartford, 
and  there  formed  a  partnership  with  Judge  Wm.  W.  Ellsworth. 
Early  combining  with  his  legal  practice  an  active  interest  in  public 
affairs,  he  was  elected  to  the  popular  branch  of  the  Connecticut 
legislature  in  1837  and  1838,  and  again  in  1844.  In  1840  he  m.  Eliza- 
beth L.,  dau.  of  the  Rev.  Dr.  Jonathan  Cogswell,  professor  in  the 
Connecticut  Theological  Institute.  Mr.  Dixon  at  an  early  date  had 
become  the  recognized  leader  of  the  Whig  party  in  the  Hartford  con- 
gressional district,  and  was  chosen,  in  1845,  a  raemberof  the  United 
States  House  of  Representatives.  He  was  re-elected  in  1847,  and 
was  distinguished  in  that  difficult  arena  alike  for  his  power  as  a 
debator  and  for  an  amenity  of  bearing  that  extorted  the  respect 
of  political  opponents  even  in  turbulent  times  following  the  Mexi- 
can war,  and  the  exasperations  of  the  sectional  debate  precipitated 
by  the  "Wilmont  Proviso."  Retiring  from  Congress  in  1840,  he 
was  in  that  year  elected  from  Hartford  to  a  seat  in  the  Connecticut 
Senate,  and  having  been  re-elected  in  1854,  was  chosen  president 
of  that  body,  but  declined  the  honor,  because  the  floor  seemed  to 
offer  a  better  field  for  usefulness.  During  the  same  year  he  was 
made  president  of  the  Whig  State  Convention,  and  having  now 
reached  a  position  of  commanding  influence,  he  was  in  1857  elected 
United  States  senator,  and  participated  in  all  the  parliamentary 
debates  of  the  epoch  that  preceded  the  civil  war.  He  was  remark- 
able among  his  colleagues  in  the  Senate  for  the  tenacity  with 
which  he  adhered  to  his  political  principles,  and  for  the  clear  pre- 
sage with  which  he  grasped  the  drift  of  events.  Six  years  after- 
ward in  the  midst  of  the  Civil  war  he  was  re-elected  senator  with  a 
unanimity  that  had  had  no  precedent  in  the  annals  of  Connecticut. 
During  his  service  in  the  Senate  he  was  an  active  member  of  the 
Committee  on  Manufactures,  and  during  his  last  term  was  at  one 
time  appointed  chairman  of  three  important  committees.  While 
making  his  residence  in  Washington  the  seat  of  an  elegant  hospi- 
tality, he  was  remarkable  for  the  assiduity  with  which  he  followed 
the  public  business  of  the  Senate  and  for  the  eloquence  that  he 
brought  to  the  discussion  of  grave  public  questions  as  they  suc- 
cessively arose  before,  during  and  after  the  Civil  war.  Among  his 
more  notable  speeches  was  one  delivered  June  25,  1862,  on  the 
constitutional  status  created  by  the  so-called  acts  of  secession,  a 
speech  that  is  known  to  have  commanded  the  express  admiration 
of  President  Lincoln,  as  embodying  what  he  held  to  be  the  true 
theory  of  the  war  in  the  light  of  the  constitution  and  of  public 
law.  To  the  principles  expounded  in  that  speech  Mr.  Dixon 
steadfastly  adhered  during  the  administration  alike  of  President 
Lincoln  and  of  his  successor.  In  the  impeachment  trial  of  Presi. 
dent  Johnson  he  was  numbered  among  the  Republican  senators 
who  voted  against  the  sufficiency  of  the  articles,  and  from  that 
date  he  participated  no  longer  in  the  councils  of  the  Republican 
party.  Withdrawing  from  public  life  in  i86g,  he  was  urged  by  the 
President  of  the  United  States  and  by  his  colleagues  in  the  Senate 
to  accept  the  mission  to  Russia,  but  refused  the  honor,  and  with- 
out returning  to  the  practice  of  his  profession,  found  occupation 
for  his  scholarly  mind  in  European  travel,  in  literary  studies,  and 


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in  the  society  of  congenial  friends.  From  his  early  youth  he  had 
been  a  student  and  lover  of  the  world's  best  literature.  Remark- 
able for  the  purity  of  his  literary  taste  and  for  the  abundance  of 
his  intellectual  resources,  he  might  have  gained  distinction  as  a 
prose  writer  and  as  a  poet,  if  he  had  not  been  allured  to  the  more 
exciting  fields  of  law  and  politics.  While  yet  a  student  at  college 
he  was  the  recognized  poet  of  his  class,  and  even  his  graduation 
thesis  was  written  in  verse.  His  poems,  struck  off  as  the  leisure 
labors  of  a  busy  life,  occupy  a  conspicuous  place  in  Everest's 
"Poets  of  Connecticut,"  while  five  of  his  sonnets,  exquisite  for 
refinement  of  thought  and  felicity  of  execution,  are  preserved  side 
by  side  with  those  of  Bryant,  Percival  and  Lowell  in  Leigh 
Hunt's  'Book  of  the  Sonnet."  He  was  also  a  frequent  contributor 
to  the  "New  England  Magazine"  and  to  the  periodical  press. 
Trinity  College  conferred  upon  him  in  1862  the  degree  of  LL.D. 
Deeply  imbued  with  classical  letters,  versed  in  the  principles  and 
the  practice  of  law,  widely  read  in  history,  and  possessing  withal 
a  logical  mind,  Mr.  Dixon  always  preferred  to  discuss  public  ques- 
tions in  the  light  of  a  permanent  political  philosophy  instead  of 
treating  them  with  paramount  reference  to  the  dominant  emotions 
of  the  hour. 

.4.  Mary  Reynolds,  m.  Dr.  Asa  Leffingwell  Spalding.  He 
was  the  son  of  Stephen  and  Molly  (Leffingwell),  and  was  b. 
in  Enfield,  Conn.,  Sept.  18,  1800.  He  first  married  in  1834,  Mary 
Reynolds  Dixon,  of  Enfield,  Conn.  She  was  the  dau.  of  Wil- 
liam Dixon,  lawyer,  and  sister  of  Hon.  James  Dixon,  of  Hart- 
ford, Conn.,  United  States  senator  from  Connecticut.  She  d.  in 
1 841.  His  second  wife,  Sarah  Howe  Field  Spalding  (which  see)  d. 
March  7,  1864.  He  d.  Jan.  7,  1864.  His  parents  moved  from  Col- 
chester, Conn.,  soon  after  his  birth.  There  he  fitted  for  college  at 
Beacon  Academy.  He  relinquished,  however,  the  idea  of  a  colle- 
giate education  and  entered  upon  the  study  of  medicine,  which  he 
pursued  in  part  under  the  instruction  of  Dr.  North,  of  Hartford, 
Conn.,  and  subsequently  in  the  medical  school  at  Yale  College, 
from  which  he  received  his  degree  in  1S32.  He  also  received  the 
same  from  the  Berkshire  Medical  School  in  1833.  He  began  the 
practice  of  his  profession  in  Marlboro,  Conn ;  thence  he  moved  to 
East  Haddam,  Conn.,  continuing  but  a  short  time  in  each  of  these 
places.  He  went  in  the  spring  of  1839  to  Enfield,  Conn.,  where  he 
spent  the  remaining  twenty-five  years  of  his  life,  constantly  en- 
gaged in  the  duties  of  his  profession.  He  was  a  man  of  marked 
energy  of  character — a  quality  which  showed  itself  in  the  vigorous 
support  he  rendered  in  church  and  religious  matters,  no  less  suc- 
cessful than  his  professional  life.  His  two  oldest  sons  are  gradu- 
ates from  Williams  College.  Ch. ;  1.  William  Dixon,  b.  Oct.  7, 
1836;  graduated  Williams  College,  1S60;  was  four  years  in  the  civil 
service  in  the  office  of  the  Senate  at  Washington ;  since  then  has 
been  in  journalism  and  resided  most  of  the  time  since  1867  in  Lon- 
don, England  and  New  York  City.  2.  James  Field,  b.  Dec.  5, 
1839;  m.  April  2S,  1864,  Mary  Harper;  res.  Concord,  Mass.  He  was 
fitted  for  college  and  graduated  at  Williams  in  1862,  and  there  was 
tutor  in  Greek  for  one  year,  and  later  one  of  the  principals  at  the 


Round  Hill  school  for  boys  at  Northampton,  Mass. ;  admitted  to 
deacon's  orders  in  the  Episcopal  church  in  1869,  and  at  once  began 
ministerial  work  in  Northampton;  was  rector  there  in  1869,  and 
held  the  same  position  at  St.  John's  parish  in  Ithaca,  N.  Y. ,  m  1870; 
was  rector  in  Portland,  Conn..  1872-79;  Cambridge,  Mass.,  1879-91. 
He  withdrew  from  the  Episcopal  church  in  1892,  and  joined  the 
Roman  Catholic  church  the  same  year.  A  period  of  ecclesiastical 
uncertainty  in  his  life  must  be  noted,  extending  over  nearly  four 
years,  from  the  spring  of  1892.  He  is  now  leading  a  literary  life. 
He  has  written  and  published  "The  Ordmances  of  Confirmation" 
in  1880,  and  in  1886  "The  Teaching  and  Influence  of  St.  Augus- 
tine." His  children  are;  (a)  Mather  Raymond,  b.  May  22,  1865; 
graduated  at  Harvard  in  1887;  M.A.  there  in  1888;  taught  Latin 
and  Greek  in  St.  Mark's,  Southboro',  to  1892;  studied  music  in 
Paris  and  in  Munich,  1892-5;  became  instructor  in  music  in  Harv- 
ard, 1895 ;  is  m.  and  res.  Cambridge,  Mass.  (b)  Henry  Dixon,  b. 
July  15,  iS6q;  educated  at  high  school  in  Cambridge;  is  in  busi- 
ness in  St.  Paul,  (c)  Philip  Leffingwell,  b.  June  27,  1871;  gradu- 
ated at  Harvard  in  1892;  took  M.A.  there  in  1893,  and  B.S.  in 
1894.  He  is  an  electrical  engineer  with  Bell  Telephone  Co. ;  res. 
406  Market  street,  Philadelphia,  Pa.  3.  Sarah  L.,  b.  May  24,  1844; 
d.  July  II,  1865.  4.  John  Edward,  b.  Jan.  27,  1847;  he  was  in  the 
regular  army;  address,  29  Liberty  street,  New  York.* 

5.  Eliza,  b.  1806;  m.  April  5,  1837,  Rev.  Ezekiel  Marsh.  He  was 
b.  in  Danvers,  Mass.,  Oct.  5,  1808;  was  fitted  for  college  at  Exeter, 
and  was  graduated  at  Bowdoin  in  the  class  of  1831.  At  Brunswick 
he  was  industrious  and  faithful.  He  was  a  man  of  good  capacity 
and  common  sense,  having  excellent  judgment.  He  had  an  ami- 
able temper,  well  expressed  by  his  handsome  face.  Later  he  gradu- 
ated at  Andover  Theological  Institute  and  went  to  New  Haven  to 
put  on  a  finishing  touch.  In  1835  he  was  ordained  and  settled  in 
the  pleasant  town  of  Ellington,  Conn.,  and  remained  there  until  his 
decease  Aug.  30,  1844.  His  children  were:  (a)  Elizabeth  Taylor, 
b.  Jan.  7,  1838;  m.  in  1892,  Dr.  Frank  Kin^el;  res.  Lake  Worth, 
Fla.  (b)  William  Dixon,  b.  Feb.  7,  1840;  m.  Aug.  25,  1884,  Lora 
E.  Campbell,  b.  Jacksonville,  111.,  June  26.  1846.  She  is  the  dau. 
of  William  Hamilton  Campbell  and  Emelina  Parsons;  is  a  mem- 
ber of  the  Chicago  Society  Daughters  of  the  Revolution,  joining 
the  same  as  a  descendant  of  Major  Joseph  Parsons,  who  enlisted 
in  the  Revolutionary  war  as  a  drummer  boy,  but  before  peace  had 
been  declared  had  risen  rapidly  to  the  rank  of  major  for  meritori- 
ous service.  She  is  a  remarkably  handsome  and  vivacious 
woman,  and  an  excellent  conversationalist,  and  traces  her  descent 
from  Rev.  John  Hancock,  of  Lexington,  Mass.,  the  grandfather  of 
Gov.  John  Hancock,  the  signer  of  the  Declaration  of  Independ- 
ence; the  first  governor  of  Massachusetts  after  the  adoption  of  its 
State  constitution ;  chairman  of  the  Provincial  Congress,  and  '  'the 
founder  of  civil  liberty  in  Massachusetts."  Mrs.  Marsh  is  also  de- 
scended from  Gov.  Oliver  Ellsworth,  of  Connecticut,  Rev.  Peter 
Reynolds,   Rev.  Thomas  Whitfield,  and  Rev.   Thomas  Hooker. 

*  Sarah  Howe  was  not  the  daughter  of  Dr.  Simeon  Field  as  stated  on  pasre  604  of  the  Spald- 
ing Genealogy,  but  of  Salathiel,  as  I  have  from  her  sister,  who  certainly  ought  to  know. 

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She  is  particularly  interested  in  colonial  and  historical  furniture 
and  bric-a-brac,  and  her  handsome  home,  "Enfield  Place,"  is  filled 
with  these  articles,  many  of  which  antedate  the  Revolution.  Wil- 
liam Dixon  Marsh  was  b.  in  Ellington,  Conn.,  and  by  the  death  of 
his  father  when  only  four  years  of  age  was  left  to  the  care  of  his 
mother.  He  received  an  excellent  education  under  his  mother's 
supervision,  at  the  public  schools  of  his  native  town  and  at  Edward 
Hall's  boys'  school.  When  only  nineteen  years  of  age  he  had  de- 
cided to  go  west,  and  in  1859  located  in  Chicago.  For  some  five 
years  he  secured  an  excellent  insight  into  business  in  one  of  the 
largest  wholesale  houses  in  the  city,  and  at  the  end  of  that  en- 
gaged in  business  on  his  own  account.  In  1868-70  he  was  assist- 
ant assessor  of  internal  revenue,  and  at  the  expiration  of  this  office 
at  once  engaged  in  the  fire  insurance  business  with  Fred.  D.  James 
&  Co.,  and  the  co-partnership  has  continued  since  that  time. 
This  company  is  one  of  the  best  known  in  the  city  in  this  line  of 
business  and  stands  in  the  front  rank  of  fire  insurance  agencies  in 
the  west. 

61S.     iv.       PETER  RAYNOLDS,  b.  Feb.  28,  1774;  m.  Hannah  Pruden. 

6ig.     V.         EDWARD,  b.  July  i,  1777;  m.  Sarah  Baldwin  and  Esther  Baldwin. 

329.  DR.  SAMUEL  FIELD  (Thomas,  Samuel,  Zechariah,  John,  John.  Rich- 
ard, William,  William),  b.  Longmeadow,  Mass.,  Oct.  10,  1725.  He  graduated  at 
Yale  College  in  1745.  A  physician;  he  settled  in  Saybrook.  Conn.,  where  he  d. 
Sept.  25,  17S3.  He  was  a  true  patriot,  and  took  a  very  active  part  during  the  war 
of  the  Revolution. 

"In  memory  of  Dr.  Samuel  Field  stands  this  monument,  teaching  us  to  live  in 
view  of  death.  He  departed  this  life  Sept.  25,  1783.  in  the  fifty-sixth  year  of  his 

"In  memory  of  Mrs.  Hannah  Field,  consort  of  Dr.  Samuel  Field,  who  died  Oct. 
9,   1783,  in   the   forty-eighth   year  of  her  age.     Having  survived  her  consort  but 

fourteen  days. 

"Lovely  and  pleasant  in  their  lives, 
In  their  death  they  were  not  divided." 

Res.  Saybrook,  Conn. 

In  May,  1751,  Samuel  Field,  of  Saybrook,  petitioned  the  Connecticut  Assem- 
bly that  he  was  with  another  at  an  expense  of  ;^83  i6s.  for  support  of  one  Pegg.  an 
Indian  woman,  when  she  was  sick  and  in  custody  of  the  law,  and  that  he  was  with- 
out remedy  unless  the  legislature  interposes.  The  county  court  at  New  London 
took  charge  of  the  matter  and  settled  the  same.  Samuel  Field  was  deputy  to  the 
General  Court  of  Connecticut  in  Maj',  1771,  for  Saybrook. — Connecticut  Public 

Samuel  Field  was  third  son  and  fourth  child  of  Thos.  Field,  of  Hatfield  and 
Longmeadow,  Mass.  His  mother,  Abigail  Dickinson,  was  a  sister  of  Jonathan 
and  Moses  Dickinson  (Y.  C.  1706  and  1707).  He  settled  in  Saybrook  (now  Old  Say- 
brook), Conn.,  as  a  physician,  and  became  a  leading  man  in  that  community.  In 
1771,  1774,  1775,  1776,  1780,  and  1781,  he  was  one  of  the  representatives  in  the 
General  Assembly.  He  was  also  justice  of  the  peace,  and  was  in  sympathj-  with 
the  patriot  cause  in  the  Revolution.  His  services  were  interrupted  by  his  early  death  in 
Saybrook,  Sept.  25.  1783,  aged  58.  He  m.  in  1745,  his  second  cousin,  Abigail,  dau. 
of  Deacon  Joseph  Field.  Jr.,  and  Mary  (Smith)  Field,  of  Sunderland,  Mass.  His  sec- 
ond wife,  Hannah,  d.  on  the  9th  of  the  next  month  after  his  death  in  her  forty- 
eighth  year.  He  m.  Hannah  Lord,  b.  1735;  d.  Oct.  9.  1783,  m  her  forty-eighth  year. 


620.  i.         SAMUEL,  b.  1759;  m.  Margaret  Shipman. 

621.  ii.        HENRY,  b.  1761.      The  following  is  copied  from  his  tombstone  in 

Saybrook,  Conn.:  "Sacred  to  the  memory  of  Mr.  Henry  Field 
this  Monument  is  erected,  teaching  the  Traveler  to  remember  a 
sudden  fate.  He  died  ye  nth  day  of  May,  1787,  in  ye  27th  year 
of  his  age." 
62r>^.  iii.  WILLIAM,  bap.  May  13,  1764;  he  d.  at  sea  of  West  India  fever, 
Sept.  15,  1790. 

622.  iv.        FRANCES,  bap.  Aug.   3,  1766;    d.  young.     "Without  a  moment's 

warning  Death's  Angel  comes.  Demands  Dispatch.  There's  no 
resistance.  Tell  not  your  wife  or  your  children  you  may  love 
them.  Tis  the  Almighty's  will." — Copied  by  Henry  Hart,  Say- 

623.  V.         FRANCES,  b.  June  20,  1776;  m.  Dorrance  Kirtland.     He  was  son 

of  Ambrose  and  Eliza  (Gibson),  b.  July  28,  1770;  d.  May  23,  1840; 
she  d.  Feb.  i,  1818,  at  Coxsackie,  N.  Y.  Ch. :  r.  Ambrose  Kirt- 
land, b.  April  9,  1797;  d.  June  21,  1846;  buried  at  Coxsackie,  N.  Y. ; 
m.  Charlotte  McCarty,  Sept.  16,  1818;  she  was  dau.  of  Gen.  Rich- 
ard McCarty  and  Eliz.  Van  Berger.  Ch. ;  (a)  Frances  Kirtland, 
b.  July  3,  1819;  d,  Oct.  4,  1858;  m.  Maj.  Gen.  Nath'l  Michler, 
.  U.  S.  A.,  in  June,  1848,  he  was  son  of  Peter  S.  Michler  and  Mary 
Howell.  Ch. :  i.  Francis  Michler,  colonel,  U.  S.  A.;  b.  1849;  m. 
Jan.  14,  1900,  Marion  Lowry.  ii.  Ambrose  K.  Michler,  b.  1851; 
m.  about  1888  to  Emily  Hunt.  iii.  Peter  Sykes  Michler,  b.  1853. 
iv.  Richard  McCarty  Michler,  b.  1856.  (b)  Elizabeth  Kirtland,  b. 
May  15,  1822;  d.  Nov.  14,  1889;  m.  Theodore  Cozzens,  April  16, 
1S46;  he  was  son  of  Wm.  Brown  Cozzens  and  Mary  Greene.  Ch. : 
i.  Wm.  Brown  Cozzens,  b.  Sept.  24,  1848;  d.  Feb.  27,  1884,  unm. 
ii.  Charlotte  (Sharlie)  Kirtland  Cozzens,  b.  April  22,  1853;  d.  Nov. 
15,  1881,  unm.  (c)  Charlotte  Ellen  Kirtland,  b.  Feb.  7,  1832  (?);  d. 
Oct.  6,  1897;  m.  Feb.  13,  1849,  Nath'l  Ripley  Cobb;  he  was  son  of 
Nath'l  Ripley  Cobb  and  Sarah  Kendall.  Nath'l  Ripley  Cobb  gradu- 
ated at  the  University  of  New  York,  at  New  York  City,  in  1844, 
and  was  educated  for  a  physician.  He  never  practiced ;  was  a 
member  of  the  Board  of  Brokers  until  he  came  West,  and  has 
since  been  interested  in  real  estate.  Ch. :  i.  Charlotte  Kirt- 
land Cobb  (Lottie),  m.  Capt.  D.  A.  Lyle,  U.  S.  A. ;  she  d.  March 
I,  1884;  one  living  child,  Anna  Lyle.  ii.  Nath'l  Ripley  Cobb,  Jr., 
d.  in  infancy,  iii.  Frances  Michler  Cobb ;  unm. ;  res.  Sioux  Citj', 
Iowa.  iv.  Eleanor  Hermance  Cobb,  m.  Hon.  E.  H.  Hubbard. 
Hon.  E.  H.  Hubbard  graduated  at  Yale  College,  1872(1  think).  He 
is  now  State  senator  from  the  Thirty-second  district,  at  Des  Moines, 
Iowa,  from  Woodbury  county.  His  ch.  are:  i.  Elbert  Hamilton 
Hubbard,  Jr.,  b.  in  Sioux  City.  2.  Charlotte  Hubbard,  b.  in 
Sioux  City.  3.  Lyle  Hubbard,  b.  in  Sioux  City.  4.  Eleanor  Her- 
mance Hubbard,  b.  in  Sioux  City.  v.  Elizabeth  Cozzens  Cobb,  d. 
aged  15  years  and  3  weeks,  vi.  Sarah  Kendall  Cobb,  m.  Dr.  Wil- 
lard  B.  Pineo,  M.D.  (d)  Richard  McCarty  Kirtland,  b.  1838;  m. 
twice,  ist,  Mattie  Firth,  of  LaGrange,  Tenn.  Ch. :  i.  Julian, 
ii.  One  girl.  iii.  Others  unknown.  2.  William  D.  Kirtland,  b. 
Feb.  g,  1803;  d.  1851;  m.  Elinor  Eliza  McCarty,  Oct.  i,  1833.  sister 


of  Charlotte.  Ch. :  (a)  Eliz.  (b)  Dorrance.  (c)  William.  3. 
Harriet  Kirtland,  b.  June  2,  1804;  d.  1873;  m.  Henry  Mander- 
ville,  Aug.  9,  1827.  Ch.  ■  (a)  Dorrance  Kirtland  Manderville, 
M.D.,  d.  recently  in  Brooklyn,  N.  Y. 

331.  CAPTAIN  SETH  FIELD  (Zechariah,  Samuel,  Zechariah,  John.  John, 
Richard,  William,  William),  b.  Deerfield,  Mass.,  Sept.  28,  1712;  m.  in  1741,  Susanna 
Doolittle,  dau.  of  Rev.  Benjamin  and  Lydia  (Todd),  b.  Wallingford,  Conn.,  June  13, 
1726;  d.  Nov.  15,  1787.  He  was  graduated  at  Yale  College  in  1732.  He  was  for  many 
years  the  leading  spirit  in  religious,  civil  and  military  affairs  in  his  town.  In  1738  Seth 
Field  purchased  lot  No.  5  of  the  home  lots  in  the  third  settlement  of  Deacon  Mattoon. 
He  was  a  soldier  in  the  French  and  Indian  wars,  and  for  some  time  was  stationed 
at  Fort  Dumnier.  When  the  proprietors  of  the  second  division  organized  in  1756, 
Seth  Field  was  elected  clerk.  In  1728  he  was  employed  as  teacher  and  was  prob- 
ably the  first  person  so  employed  in  that  town.  In  1753  he  was  lieutenant  in  the 
Northfield  company,  and  in  1756  was  elected  captain.  He  was  town  clerk  and  treas- 
urer for  forty  years,  and  schoolmaster  for  nearly  as  many.     The  town  voted  in 

to  pay  him  ten  shillings  a  week  for  teaching  school  and  board  himself.  He  was  a 
commissioner  and  justice  of  the  peace  for  many  years.  He  served  under  Capt. 
Joseph  Kellogg  against  the  Indians  in  1733.  He  was  a  lieutenant  in  Capt.  Elijah 
Williams'  company,  Col.  Israel  Williams'  regiment,  to  Crown  Point,  from  June  12 
to  Nov.  21,  1757,  and  captain  in  Col.  Israel  Williams'  regiment  at  Ticonderoga  and 
Crown  Point  in  1759,  and  on  the  frontier  to  the  close  of  the  Indian  war  in  1760.  He 
was  a  lieutenant  in  Capt.  Israel  Williams'  company.  Col.  Ephraim  Williams'  regi- 
ment, in  the  memorable  fight  with  the  French  and  Indians  near  Lake  George,  Sept. 
8.  1755,  where  Col.  Williams  was  killed.  The  Indians  were  noted  for  their  skill  in 
capturing  animals  in  traps  and  wonderfully  expert  with  their  divers  ways  and  rude 
yank-ups.  The  latter  was  nothing  more  than  a  stout  oak  or  hickory  staddle,  bent 
over  and  fastened  to  a  notch  cut  in  another  tree.  The  animal  when  caught  in  the 
snare  at  the  end,  by  struggling  would  loosen  the  catch,  and  the  staddle  would 
spring  upright,  with  the  game  dangling  in  the  air.  Capt.  Field's  old  mare  once 
strayed  into  the  woods  and  got  into  a  trap  of  this  kind  set  for  deer.  The  squire 
was  astonished  when  an  Indian  came  running  breathless  to  tell  him  that  "his 
squaw-horse  was  caught  in  a  yank-up." 

July  25,  Seth  Field  writes-  "Since  the  disastrous  tidings  from  Ohio  and  the 
delay  of  the  Crown  Point  forces,  the  mischief  done  above  us  together  with  our  cir- 
cumstances, has  so  discouraged  the  hearts  of  our  people  that  they  are  almost  ready 
to  give  up  all  and  care  only  for  their  lives.  A  fine  harvest  is  on  the  ground,  and 
likely  to  be  lost  for  want  of  a  guard.  The  few  soldiers  we  have  are  constantly  on 
duty,  and  not  half  sufficient  to  guard  the  laborers. "  Asks  that  one  of  the  companies 
of  Rangers  that  are  between  the  Connnecticut.  and  the  Merrimack  rivers  may  be 
sent  to  scout  for  a  few  weeks  to  the  northward  of  Northfield ;  says  Capt  Rice  of 
Rutland  is  ready  to  come. 

What  was  going  on  nearer  home  will  appear  from  the  following  letters. 

"Northfield,  June  7,  1756. 

"This  evening  a  post  from  Winchester  informs  that  the  Indians  have  taken 
Josiah  Foster,  his  wife  and  two  children  from  the  Bow  in  Winchester,  about  10 
o'clock  in  the  morning  as  'tis  conjectured;  though  not  discovered  till  the  sun 
about  two  hours  high  this  evening.  The  house  is  rifled  and  a  hog  killed  at  the  door. 
The  man  and  a  child  tracked  from  the  house  with  the  Indians.  The  numbers  can- 
not be  ascertained,  but  supposed  to  be  about  6  or  6  in  all. 

"Seth  Field." 


Aug.  20,  Zebediah  Stebbins  and  Reuben  Wright  went  up  from  Northfield  to 
work  on  Iheir  lots  near  Stebbins'  Island,  Just  as  they  started  to  return,  they  were 
assaulted  by  a  small  party  of  Indians  in  ambush.  The  leading  facts  of  the  en- 
counter are  given  in  a  letter  written  the  next  day. 

"Northfield,  Aug.  21,  1756. 
"To  Major  Williams,  Deerfield. 

"Sir:  As  two  of  our  Northfield  men,  viz  Zebediah  Stebbins  and  Reuben 
Wright,  were  returning  from  their  labor  last  night  about  sun  half  an  hour  high,  a 
little  below  Joseph  Stebbms'  Island,  an  Indian  laying  in  the  path  6  or  7  rods  before 
them  fired,  shot  Wright  through  the  right  arm  between  the  shoulder  an  elbow. 
They  turned  and  rode  3  or  4  score  rods  and  halted,  when  the  enemy  immediately 
came  up  and  fired  a  second  gun  at  them.  The  men  then  perceived  that  there  were 
not  more  than  3  or  4  Indians ;  but  still  rode  back  a  few  rods  and  stopped  to  have  the 
Indians  come  up  (though  they  had  but  one  gun).  In  a  minute  an  Indian  came  in 
sight  in  the  path,  when  Stebbins  fired,  and  the  Indian  fell  and  cried  out.  Stebbins 
and  Wright  made  off:  as  fast  as  they  could.  The  Indians  were  after  Joseph  Stebbins 
as  'tis  supposed,  who  was  at  work  at  his  house,  and  who  saw  3  of  the  enemy  follow 
our  men.  Some  of  our  farmers  had  in  too  much  haste  got  out  to  their  homes,  but 
we  see  that  we  are  still  in  danger,  and  I  hope  we  shall  take  warning  and  stand  bet- 
ter on  our  guard.  "Ye  humble  servt, 

"Seth  Field." 

The  Fall  of  Oswego  — While  Gen.  Winslow  was  delayed  in  his  intended  move- 
ment on  Crown  Point,  the  French  under  Montcalm  invested  the  English  fort  at 
Oswego,  on  the  south  side  of  Lake  Ontario;  and  after  a  short  siege,  took  it,  Aug. 
14.  Our  loss  was  1,700  men;  Shirley's  and  Pepperell's  regiments,  7  armed  vessels, 
carrying  from  8  to  18  guns  each,  200  bateaux,  107  cannons,  14  mortars,  730  muskets, 
besides  stores.  Many  of  the  prisoners  were  massacred  by  the  Indians,  and  the 
rest  were  sent  to  France.  Anxiety  about  the  plans  of  the  victorious  Montcalm  led 
the  Massachusetts  authorities  to  issue  orders  about  October  i,  impref^sing  men  from 
the  militia  to  go  to  the  support  of  the  army  under  Maj.  Gen.  Winslow.  The  follow- 
ing were  impressed  out  of  the  Northfield  foot  company:  Corporal  Thomas  Alex- 
ander, Moses  Evens,  Ebenezer  Field,  Samuel  Field,  Eliphaz  Wright,  Amzi  Doolittle, 
Samuel  Stratton,  Philip  Mattoon,  Alexander  Norton,  Asahel  Stebbins,  Jona  Hunt, 
Samuel  Orris,  Daniel  Brooks,  Amasa  Wright,  Benj.  Miller,  Reuben  Wright,  Thomas 
Elgar.  As  soon  as  the  draft  was  completed,  Capt.  Seth  Field  wrote  the  following 
letter  to  Col.  Israel  Williams: 

"Northfield,  Oct.  5,  1756. 

"Sir:  The  men  impressed  are  the  strength  and  support  of  the  town;  many  of 
them  with  great  families,  and  under  the  most  difficult  circumstances  to  leave,  espe- 
cially in  the  frontiers ;  but  I  am  obliged  to  take  such  or  none.  Our  people  are  in  the 
utmost  distrest  at  the  thought  of  having  this  town  stripped  of  the  first  men  in  it, 
and  there  is  a  general  backwardness  amongst  the  men  to  go  and  leave  their  families 
in  such  situation  and  under  their  difficult  circumstances ;  for  as  soon  as  they  leave 
the  town  we  shall  be  able  to  make  but  a  faint  resistance  against  the  enemy  and 
must  lie  at  his  mercy.  We  have  indeed  forts,  and  but  a  few  feeble  men  to  guard 
and  defend  them.  Pity  and  compassion  cries  loud  for  an  exemption  from  the  double 
burden  lying  on  the  frontiers,  and  especially  poor  Northfield  who  has  been  wasting 
away  by  the  hand  of  the  enemy  these  ten  years  past. 

"Sir,  begging  your  favor  for  the  distressed  town,  I  am  ye  humble  servt, 

"Seth  Field." 

He  d.  May  3,  1792;  res.  Northfield,  Mass. 

624.     i.         GEORGE,  b.  Dec.  22,  1742;  m.  Martha  Smith. 


625.  ii.        RUFUS.  b.  Nov.  24,  1744;  m.  Elizabeth  Field. 

626.  iii.       KATHERINE,  b.  Aug.  i,  1747;  m.  Sept.  23,  1767,  Elijah  Mattoon. 

He  was  son  of  Nathaniel;  was  b.  1740;  d.  Nov.  12,  1823;  shed. 
Aug.  8.  1S35;  res.  Northfield.  Ch. :  i.  Sarah,  b.  Sept.  29,  1768: 
m.  Samuel  Hedge.  2.  Lucy,  b.  Nov.  10,  1770;  d.  Oct.  18,  1793. 
3.  Susanna,  b.  May  6,  1773;  d.  unm.  May  29,  1859.  4.  Katy,  b. 
Dec.  18,  1776;  m.  Samuel  Hedge.  5.  Elijah,  b.  Aug.  29,  1782;  m. 
Hannah  Mattoon. 

627.  iv.       SIBYL,  b.  Oct.   15,   1749;   m.  Aug.  5.  1768,  Oliver  Doolittle.     He 

was  son  of  Lucius;  was  b.  1746;  d.  April  29,  1827;  she  d.  Sept.  14, 
1836;  res.  Northfield.  Ch. :  i.  Infant.  2.  Otis,  b.  Sept.  20,  1770 
(captain);  m.  Sophia  Shattuck.  3.  Oliver,  b.  May  8,  1773;  m. 
Arethusey  Whitney,  of  Warwick.  4.  Sibyl,  b.  Jan.  23.  1776;  d. 
April  9,  1777,  5.  Sibyl,  b.  Dec.  9,  1777;  m.  Aug.  8,  1794,  Deacon 
Samuel  Foote,  b.  1770;  d.  Grand  Rapids,  Mich.,  Jan.  25,  1848. 

Samuel  Foote's  children  were:  (a)  Elial  Todd,  b.  May  i,  1796, 
in  Gill,  Mass.  Elial  Todd  Foote  was  presiding  judge  at  James- 
town, N.  Y.,  for  twenty  years.  He  m.  at  Jamestown,  N.  Y., 
Dec.  31,  1817,  Anna  Cheney,  b.  1800;  d.  July  7,  1840.  He  d.  in 
New  Haven,  Conn.  Ch. :  i.  Samuel  Foote,  of  St.  Louis,  not 
living,  ii.  James  H.  Foote,  Norfolk,  Conn.  iii.  Mary  Ann  Crosby. 
Jamestown,  N.  Y.  iv.  Horace  A.  Foote;  res.  Boulevard  and 
Ninety- ninth  street.  New  York  city.  v.  Charles  Cheney,  b.  Sept 
5,  1825;  m.  Amelia  L.  Jenkms,  b.  July  19,  1827.  He  was  a  physi- 
cian, and  d.  New  Haven,  Conn.,  in  October,  1872.  Ch. :  I.  Anna 
Eliza  Foote,  not  living,  no  children.  2.  Amelia  Leavitt  Foote, 
b.  March  26,  1855;  m.  April  30,  1878,  Edward  B.  Hill,  b.  June  2, 
1853.  He  is  a  lawyer.  Ch.:  Amelia  L.  Hill,  b.  Jan.  4,  1884.  Res. 
331  West  84th  street,  New  York  city.  3.  Mary  Louise  Foote,  not 
living,  no  children.  4.  Sarah  Wells  Foote,  26  Elm  street.  New 
Haven,  Conn.  5.  Charles  Jenkins  Foote,  26  Elm  street.  New 
Haven,  Conn.  6.  Horace  Kenevals  Foote,  not  living,  no  children, 
(b)  Samuel,  b.  Aug.  22,  1798,  Sherburne,  N.  Y.  (c)  Erastus,  b. 
July  I,  1800,  Sherburne,  N.  Y.  (d)  Mary  Dorothea,  b.  April  17, 
1802,  Sherburne,  N.  Y.  (e)  Lydia,  b.  Feb.  4,  1804,  Sherburne. 
N.  Y.  (f)  Philena,  b.  Feb.  10,  1806,  Sherburne,  N.  Y.  (g)  Chloe, 
b.  April  10,  1808,  Sherburne,  N.  Y.     (h)  Sedate,  b.  April  14,  1810, 

Sherburne,   N.   Y. ;  m.  Cowing.      Judge  Rufus  B.    Cowing, 

138  East  Seventy-eighth  street.  New  York  city,  is  son  of  Sedate 
Foote  Cowing.  James  Foote,  Harlem,  New  York  city.  Horace 
Foote,  New  York  city,  (i)  Charles  Doolittle,  b,  Dec.  25.  1812; 
m.  Mary  Walton  Arnold,  b.  Nov.  26,  1817;  d.  Nov.  29,  1883.  He 
d.  Covington,  Ky.,  April  28.  1888;  was  a  lawyer.  Ch. :  i.  Kel- 
niah,  b.  Aug.  7,  1850;  m.  Judge  T.  Jeff  Phelps,  June  25.  1878. 
Covington,  Ky.  ii.  Mollie  Stella,  b.  April  7,  1852;  m.  Carson  B. 
Forse.  Oct.  24.  1870;  postofiBce  address,  Newport,  Ky.  iii.  Sybil 
Doolittle,  b.  March  19,  1855;  m.  Jan.  1878;  Edward  D.  Casey, 
postofiBce  address,  Cincinnati,  Ohio.  iv.  Fannie  Foote,  b.  April 
29,  1858;  m.  March  30,  1883;  Lewis  Oliver  Maddux;  res.  24  East 
32d  street,  Newport,  Ky.  He  is  a  retired  merchant.  Ch. :  i. 
Rufus  Foote  Maddux,  b.  Oct.  20,  1884,  Cincmnati,  O.  2.  Char- 
lotte Posey  Maddux,  b.  Dec.  16,  1885.  Newport.  Ky. ;    d.  Jan.  22, 


1S87.  3.  Louise  Arnold  Maddux,  b.  Aug.  21,  1887,  in  Newport,  Ky ; 
Hon.  Charles  Doolittle  Foote,  late  of  Covington,  Ky.,  died  there 
April  28,  1888,  aged  75  years.  He  was  a  brother  of  Elial  T.  Foote, 
and  was  well  known  in  the  vicinity  of  Jamestown,  where  he  re- 
sided for  some  25  years  prior  to  1849,  when  he  removed  to  Coving- 
ton. He  soon  after  studied  law,  and  was  for  five  years  law 
partner  of  Hon.  John  G.  Carlisle,  Speaker  of  the  United  States 
House  of  Representatives.  He  served  for  two  terms  as  Repre- 
sentative and  four  years  as  senator  in  the  Kentucky  Legislature. 
He  was  born  in  1812,  and  was  the  last  survivor  of  eleven  children, 
nine  of  whom  reached  maturity,  viz.,  Elial  T.,  Samuel,  Erastus, 
Charles  D.,  Obed  H.,  Mary  D.  (Hall),  Chloe  (Seymour),  Sedate 
(Cowing),  and  Philena.  All  except  Erastus  were  at  one  time  well 
known  and  prominent  residents  of  Jamestown,  near  which  their 
parents,  Samuel  and  Sybil  T.  Foote,  settled  m  1828.  The  father, 
Samuel  Foote,  was  for  many  years  a  deacon  of  the  First  Presby- 
terian church  until  his  death  in  1848. — Jamestown  (N.  J.)  Journal. 
(j)  Obed  Hj^att,  b.  May  18,  1817,  Plymouth,  N.  Y.  (k)  Oliver 
Doolittle,  b.  July  28,  1821,  Plymouth,  N.  Y.  6.  Sara,  bap.  Jan.  2, 
1780;  d.  soon.  7.  Seth,  b.  Feb.  19.  1781;  m.  Eunice  Wright.  8. 
Sara,  b.  July  15,  1784;  m.  Col.  Obed  Slate.  9.  Charles,  b  Feb. 
22,  1786;  d.  Dec.  8,  1805. 

628.  V.  SUSANNA,  b.  July  10,  1751;  m.  March  18,  1771,  Asahel  Stebbins. 
He  was  son  of  Asahel;  was  b.  1750;  he  was  in  the  Revolutionary 
war  in  the  campaign  of  1777;  d.  July  26,  1822.  She  d.  April  9, 
1835;  res.  Northfield,  Ch. .  i.  Eliphas,  b.  Sept.  26,  1771.  2. 
Olive,  b.  Jan.  20.  1774;  m.  Nathaniel  Collins.  3.  Thomas,  b. 
Nov.  g,  1776;  m.  Polly  Willard.  4.  Susanna  F..  b.  Jan.  13,  1779;^ 
m.  Thomas  Durkee.  5.  Lydia,  b.  Oct.  8,  1781;  m.  Zebulon  Burr. 
6.  Cyrus,  b.  Nov.  27,  1783;  m.  Mercy  Morgan  and  Mrs.  Orrell 
(Dean)  Jones.  7.  Asahel,  b.  July  27,  1786;  m.  Mary  Scott,  Lucy 
Rockwood  and  Mrs.  Chamberlain.  8.  Mary,  b.  July  27,  1786;  d, 
Sept.  6,  1788.     9.  Francis,  b.  March  20,  1792;  d.  March  6,  i860. 

629.  vi.        FRANCIS,  b.  June  23,  1753;  d.  Feb.  i,  1770. 

630.  vii.  OLIVE,  b.  Aug.  ig,  1755;  m.  in  1779,  Cotton  Dickinson,  of  Hart- 
ford; d.  Sept.  10,  1844. 

631.  viii.  RHODA,  b.  Oct.  21,  1757;  m.  in  1780,  Sylvanus  Watriss.  He  was 
son  ot  Sylvanus,  was  from  New  Windsor,  and  was  a  Revolution- 
ary soldier  in  1779.  Res.  Northfield.  Ch. :  i.  Asa,  b.  June  10, 
1781.     2.  Henry,  b.  Oct.  i,  1782.     3.  Patty,  bap.  Feb.  4,  1787. 

HENRY,  b.  Sept.  2,  1759;  m.  Rhoda  Stratton. 

SETH,  b.  Nov.  6.  1761 ;  m.  Martha . 

FANNY,  b.  Nov.  6,  1763;  m,  Feb.  15,  1786,  Asa  Gates,  of  Brimfield 

and  Worcester;  he  was  b.  Jan.  29,  1757. 
CHARLES,  F.,  b.  Aug.  20,  1765;  d.   Feb.  21,  1792. 
THEODORE,  b.  May  7,  1769;  m.  Catherine  Parker. 

333.  GAIUS  FIELD  (Zechariah,  Samuel,  Zechariah,  John,  John,  Richard,^ 
William,  William),  b.  Deerfield,  Mass.,  April  2,  1716;  m.  Sarah  Holton,  dau.  of 
Eleazor  and  Sarah  (Alexander),  b.  April  15,  171 7.  He  was  born  on  the  old  Field 
farm  in  Northfield,  but  removed  to  Winchester,  N.  H. ,  where  he  died ;  was  a  soldier 
in  the  French  and  Indian  wars.     Res.  Winchester,  N.  H. 

























JAMES,  b. ;  m.  Mary  Woodcock. 

ZECHARIAH,  b.  April  2,  1741;  prob.  rem.  lo  Keene,  N.  H. 

JOSHUA,  b.  June  5.  1746;  ni.  Thankful  Robbins. 

GAIUS,  b.  March  21,  1763;  a  revolutionary  soldier. 

WAITSTILL.  b.  Sept.  4,  1749:  m.  Anna . 

SARAH,  b.  April  6,  1743;  m.  Sept.  12,  176?,  Enoch  Stowell. 

RICHARD,  b.  1755. 
643K-viii.    ELISHA,  b.  Sept.  6.  1752. 
643^.  ix.      DINAH,  b.  Sept.  21,  1757- 

334.  DOCTOR  EBENEZER  FIELD  (Zechariah,  Samuel,  Zechariah,  John 
John,  Richard,  William,  William),  b.  Deerfield,  Mass.,  June  11,  1717;  ra.  in  1743, 
Abigail  Hoi  ton,  dau.  of  William  and  Abigail  (Edwards).  She  m.,  2d,  Oct.  8,  1767, 
Deacon  Samuel  Smith.  She  was  b.  Aug.  14,  1720;  d.  June  9,  iSoi.  He  was  a  physi- 
cian ;  was  a  soldier  in  the  French  and  Indian  wars,  174S-56.  He  was  noted  in  his  pro- 
fession and  was  named  in  the  town  records  as  Dr.  Field.  He  had  great  faith  in  the 
oil  and  gall  of  the  rattlesnake,  and  was  wont  to  go  late  in  the  autumn  before  they 
denned  tor  the  winter,  and  in  early  spring  before  they  scattered  for  the  summer  to 
hunt  them  on  Brush  mountain.  The  oil  was  applied  outwardly,  and  was  considered 
a  sovereign  remedy  for  rheumatism.  The  gall  was  a  specific  for  fevers.  It  was 
mixed  with  chalk  and  made  into  pills.  These  pills  were  an  article  of  regular  traffic, 
and  were  kept  by  dealers  in  drugs,  and  were  often  prescribed  by  physicians.  The 
pole  and  hook  with  which  he  captured  the  snakes  is  now  in  the  possession  of  the 
Pocumtuck  Valley  Memorial  Association,  of  Deerfield.  He  d.  April  9,  1757.  Res. 
Northfield,  Mass. 

WILLIAM,  b.  Nov.  25,  1744;  m.  Sarah  Petty. 

DINAH,  b.  Jan.  26,  1746;  m.  Dec.  19,  1775,  Dr.  Charles  Bowen,  of 
Charlestown,  N.  H.  Ch.  b.  in  Northfield:  i.  Lucy,  b.  1784;  m. 
William  Pomeroy;  d.  June  13,  1813.     2.  Charles,  b.  1787. 

JESSE,  b.  Nov.  23,  1749;  m.  Anna  Dewey. 

LUCY,  b.  Dec.  23,  1751;  m.  Hezekiah  Gaylord,  of  Montpelier,  Vt. ; 
d.  in  Stanstead,  L.  C. 

LEVI,  b.  April  25,  1755;  m. . 

ASA,  b.  Nov.  9,  1757;  m.  Anna  Diggins. 

SAMUEL  FIELD  (Zechariah,  Samuel,  Zechariah,  John,  John,  Richard, 
William,  William),  b.  Deerfield,  Mass.,  July  6,  1719;  ra.  in  1745,  Abigail  Field,  dau. 
of  Joseph  and  Mary  (Smith),  of  Sunderland,  b.  1722;  d.  Nov.  2,  1803.  He  was  a 
soldier  in  1756  in  the  French  and  Indian  wars  under  General  Winslow.  He  d.  June 
17,  1789.     Res.  Northfield,  Mass. 

MARY,  b.  May  14,  1746;  d.  Nov.  i,  1746. 
SILAS,  b.  Nov.  16,  1747:  m.  Azubah  Root. 
MERCY,  b.  Jan.  9,  1750;  d.  unra.  Nov.  12,  1804. 
SUBMIT,  b.  April  9,  1752;  d.  June  26,  1762. 
SAMUEL,  b.  March  3,  1755;  m.  Elizabeth  Mattoon. 
ASENETH,  b.  Nov.  27,  1757;  m.  Nov.   19,   177S,  Rufus  Stratton, 
of  Northfield.     She  d.  April,  1829. 
656.     vii.      ABIGAIL,  b.  Sept.  7,  1764;  d.  unm. 

336.  DEACON  PAUL  FIELD  (Zechariah,  Samuel,  Zechariah,  John,  John, 
Richard,  William,  William),  b.  Deerfield,  Mass.,  Jan.  23,  1721;  m.  Christian  Hub- 
bard, dau.  of  Isaac,  of  Sunderland.  She  m.,  2d,  Landlord  Ebenezer  Field.  She 
was  b.  Dec.   17,  1733;  d.  Nov.  6,  1795.      A  deacon  and  very  worthy  and  useful  man 


























in  town.  He  died  of  smallpox  June  20,  1778.  He  m.,  1753,  Christian,  dau.  of  Isaac 
and  Christian  (Gunn)  Hubbard,  ot  Sunderland.  She  m.,  2d,  May  24,  1786.  Landlord 
Ebenezer  Field,  ot  Northfield,  whom  she  soon  left  for  Unchristian  treatment,  and 
returned  to  her  children,  with  whom  she  resided  until  her  death.  He  d.  of  small- 
pox June  20,  1778.     Res.  Northfield.  Mass. 

657.  i.         SPENCER,  b.  Sept.  26,  1754;  m.  Betty  Frink. 

658.  ii.        ROXANA,  b.  May  12,  1756;  m.  John  Stratton,  ot  Hinsdale.      He 

was  son  ot  Samuel;  was  b.  1756;  drowned  in  the  Connecticut 
river,  at  Bellows  Falls,  Vt.,  June  i.  1785.  The  stone  that  marks 
his  grave  in  a  cemetery  in  Vernon,  Vt.,  bears  the  following  curi- 
ous elegiac,  and  genealogical  epitaph,  doubtless  written  by  the 
Rev.  Bunker  Gay: 


Here  lie  interred  where  silence  reigns 

Mr.  John  Stratton's  Sad  Remains 

Sam'el  and  Ruth  once  happy  were 

In  Him,  Their  only  Son  and  Heir. 

In  January,  e'er  the  Sun 

Had  Eight  &  Twenty  Curcits  run 

In  Seventeen  Hundred  Fifty  Six 

With  Mortals  here  on  Earth  to  mix, 

He  tirst  began;  but  lost  his  life 

In  Seventeen  Hundred  Eighty-five 

The  first  of  June  as  in  his  Tour 

Where  Walpole  Rapids  foam  and  roar 

He  to  a  rock  went  down  too  nigh 

To  pierce  the  Salmon  passing  by. 

The  Rock's  Smooth,  Glassy,  Sloping  side 

His  feet  betrayed,  and  let  him  slide 

Plum  down  into  a  Watry  Tomb, 

No  more  to  see  his  native  Home 

His  tender  Parents,  lovely  Spouse. 

Or  those  bright  Beauties  of  his  House. 

Three  little  helpless  female  heirs 

Left  to  bedew  his  Grave  with  Tears 

Alas,  who  can  Their  Loss  repair, 

Or  ease  the  Widow's  Soul  of  Care 

Or  furnish  adequate  Relief 

To  cure  the  Parents  pungent  Grief. 

Father  of  Mercies,  hear  our  Call, 

Extend  Thy  Pity  to  them  all. 

Let  Momentary  Ills  like  this, 

Issue  in  Everlasting  Bliss." 

His  widow  died  in  a  fit  in  the  meeting  house  in  Hinsdale,  Aug. 
14,  1786,  aged  twenty-nine.  Ch. :  i.  Thankful  or  Gratia,  b. 
May  9,  1776;  m.  John  Wright.  2.  Electa,  b.  April  10,  1779;  ^' 
Dr.  Cyrus  Washburn.  3.  Roxana  P.,  b.  March  11,  1782;  d.  March 
17,  1803. 

659.  iii.       WALTER,  b.  Nov.  24,  1758;  m.  Plana  Pettee. 

660.  iv.       CHRISTIAN,  b.   May  20,  1761;  m.  Jan.  4,  1784,  Hollis  Taylor,  of 

Hinsdale.  He  was  son  of  Thomas;  was  b.  1757;  removed  to 
Hinsdale,  and  d.  Sept.  3,  1845.  She  d.  June  i,  1833.  Ch. :  i. 
Harriet,  b.  July  26,  1784;  m.  Randolph  Wright.  2.  John,  b.  Jan. 
I,  1786;  d.  March  9,  1846.  3.  Alpheus,  b.  Aug.  27,  1787;  m.  Lydia 
Bridges.  4.  William,  b.  July  25,  1789;  m.  Delia  Hooker.  5. 
Thankful,  b.  April  20,  1791;  m.  Jason  Evans.  6.  Lewis,  b.  April 
12,  1793;  ra.  Lois  Webster.     7.  Seveno,  b.  Dec.  30,  1794;  m.  Mary 












E.  Creed.  3.  Emily,  b,  May  16,  1797;  m.  Pardon  H,  Newell.  9. 
Calvin,  b.  June  30,  iSoo;  scalded  and  d.  Feb.  19,  1803.  10.  Ade- 
line G.,  b.  Aug.  26,  1801;  d.  May  27,  1S03.  11.  Edwin  H.,  b. 
Aug.  27,  1802;  d.  May  16,  1833.  12.  Calvin,  b.  1804;  d.  an  intant. 
13.  Calvin,  b.  Sept.  q,  1805;  m.  Mary  A.  Bascom 
661.  v.  EDITHA,  b.  Dec.  15,  1763;  m.  Dec.  21,  1784,  Benjamin  Doolittle, 
of  Winchester,  N.  H.     He  was  b.  Jan.  12,  1764. 

SARAH   b.  June  7,  1766;  d.  May  26,  1790. 

ZECHARIAH,  b.  Sept.  27,  1768;  m.  Abigail  Mattoon. 

THANKFUL,  b.  July  25.  1771 ;  d.  Feb.  9,  1775. 

HUBBARD,  b.  Sept.  20,  1775;  m. . 

THANKFUL,  b.  Sept.  25,  1777;  d.  Sept.  26,  1777. 

341.  EBENEZER  FIELD  (Ebenezer,  Samuel,  Zechariah,  John,  John,  Rich- 
ard, William,  William),  b.  Deerfield,  June  15,  1715;  m.  March  27,  1746,  Sarah  Mat- 
toon,  dau.  ot  Eleazer,  b.  1722;  d.  Oct.  29,  17S5;  m.,  2d,  May  24,  17S6,  Mrs.  Christian 
(Hubbard)  Field,  wid.  of  Paul,  b.  1733;  d.  Nov.  6,  1795;  m.,  3d,  Oct.  9,  1798,  Mrs. 
Abigail  Chapin,  of  Orange,  b.  1728;  d.  June  7.  1801.  He  was  an  innkeeper  and 
tailor.  He  settled  in  Northfield,  where  he  Kept  a  tavern,  and  the  tailoring  business, 
where  he  d.  He  m.  Sarah,  dau.  of  Eleazer  and  Elizabeth  (Boltwood)  Mattoon,  of 
Northfield,  b.  Feb.  2r,  1723;  d.  Oct.  29,  1785;  m,.  2d,  May  24,  1786,  Christian,  dau. 
of  Isaac  and  Christian  (Gunn)  Hubbard,  of  Sunderland,  and  wid.  of  Deacon  Paul 
Field.  She  soon  left  him  for  Unchristian  treatment,  and  returned  to  her  children, 
with  whom  she  resided  unlil  her  death,  Nov.  6,  1795;  m.,  3d,  wid.  of  Abigail 
Chapin,  of  Orange,  Mass.  She  d.  April  7,  1801,  aged  seventy-three.  He  d.  Aug.  12, 
1 801.     Res.  Northfield,  Mass. 

LYDIA,  b.  Sept  12,  1742. 

EBENEZER,  b.  Oct.  11,  1744;  m.  Eunice  Wright. 

SARAH,  b.  Nov.  4,  1747;  m.  April  29,  1784,  David  Allen,  of   East 

Windsor,  Conn. 
ABNER,  b.  May  27,  1750;  m.  Mary  Mattoon. 

LUCY,  b.  Sept.  20,  1752;  m.  at  Northfield,  Oliver  Watriss.  He  was 
a  blacksmith  from  Connecticut;  was  in  Northfield  in  1769;  was 
a  Revolutionary  soldier,  and  was  at  the  surrender  of  Burgoyne ; 
d.  July  22,  1825.  Ch.  by  Lucy  (no  ch.  by  his  first  wife,  Rhoda 
Wright):  i.  Lucy,  b.  June  i,  1775;  d.  Nov.  28,  1791.  2.  Rhoda, 
bap.  Aug.  13,  1776;  d.  young.  3.  Rhoda,  bap.  July  28,  1777;  m. 
Simeon  Boyden.  4.  Richard,  b.  Nov.  12,  1779;  d.  Dec.  13,  1779. 
5.  Richard,  b.  May  10,  1782;  m.  Fanny  Smith.  6.  Harris,  b. 
Dec.  21,  1783;  m.  Hannah  Whiting.     7.  Oliver,  b.  March  10,  1790. 

672.  vi.       KEZIAH,  b.  Feb.  3,  1755;  d.  Feb.  3,  1755. 

673.  vii.      KEZIAH,  b.  Oct.  24,  1756;  m.,  ist,  July  13,  1806, Stiles,  of  Gill, 

m.,  2d,  July  3,   1806.    James   King,  of  Guilford,  Vt. ;  she   d.   in 
Boston.     He  died  in  Northfield. 

343.  ENSIGN  MOSES  FIELD  (Ebenezer,  Samuel,  Zechariah,  John,  John, 
Richard,  William,  William),  b.  Deerfield,  Mass.,  Feb.  19,  1719;  m.,  ist,  Aug.  20, 1740, 
Ann  Dickinson,  b.  Aug.  6,  1721;  d.  Oct.  16,  1755;  m.,  2d,  Aug.  12,  1756,  Martha 
Root,  of  Sunderland.  She  m.,  2d,  Dec.  24,  1793,  Enoch  Bardwell,  of  Montague. 
She  was  b.  Feb.  20,  1724;  d.  March  3,  18 13. 

He  settled  in  Northfield,  where  he  d.  Nov.  27,  1787.  He  was  a  famous  hunter  and 
trapper  of  wolves.  Once  when  the  bounty  was  $20  he  caught  two  at  a  time.  On 
this  occasion  Seth  Field,  Esq.,  told  him  that  Providence  had  fairly  smiled  upon  him 






























that  day.  On  the  day  of  the  battle  of  Bennington,  Aug.  i6,  1777,  he  was  at  work 
in  the  meadow  with  his  youngest  sons,  and  hearing  the  sound  of  the  guns  distinctly, 
said  he  could  not  work,  for  a  battle  was  going  on  and  "I  have  three  boys  in  it,  I 
must  go  home."  The  next  day  the  news  of  the  defeat  and  death  of  General  Baum 
arrived,  and  the  information  that  his  sons  had  gone  through  the  battle  and  escaped 
uninjured.  He  d.  Nov.  22,  1787.  Res.  Northfield,  Mass. 
ANN,  b.  Jan.  6,  1741;  d.  same  day. 

MOSES  DICKINSON,  b.  Feb.  10,  1742;  m.  Patience  Smith. 
ANN,  b.  Nov.  12,  1744;  m.  Deacon  Eli  Root,  ot  Philadelphia,  Pa. 
SOLOMON,  b.  June  28,  1746;  m.  Mary  Wright. 
ELIZABETH,  b.  March  30,  1748;  m.,  1764,  Rufus  Field,  of  North- 
NOAH,  b.  Nov.  2g,  1750;  m.  Mary  Brown. 

REBECCA,  b.  Aug.  13,  1752;  m. Benton,  of  Surrey,  N.  H. 

MEDAD.  b.  Oct.  5,  1755;  d.  Oct.  17,  1756. 

MARTHA,  b.  June  11,  1757;  m.,  1781,  Squire  Howe.  He  was  taken 
captive  at  Fort  Bridgman  in  1755.  He  was  son  of  Caleb;  b. 
1751.  When  he  was  captured  by  the  Indians  he  was  terribly 
abused,  for  in  1790,  the  scars  on  his  head  bore  testimony  to  the 
brutality  he  had  received  then.  Res.  Northfield,  Mass.,  and 
Fabius,  N.  Y.  He  d.  Nov.  20,  1807.  She  d.,  Prattsburg,  N.  Y., 
1839.  Ch. :  I.  Rodolphus,  b.  1782;  m.  Clarissa  Hill.  2.  Squire, 
b.  1785;  m.  Mary  Townsley.  3.  Martha,  b.  May  20,  1787;  ra. 
Horace  Fowler.  4.  William,  b.  1790;  m.  Polly  Griffith.  5. 
Anna,  b.  1792;  m.  Levi  Fowler.  6.  Susan,  b.  April  19,  1794;  m. 
Horace  Fowler.  7.  Clarissa,  b.  April  17,  1797;  m.  Robert 
Weld.  8.  Caroline,  b.  July  17,  179S;  m.  Harvey  Downs.  It 
was,  I  think,  Fort  Sartwell,  and  not  Fort  Bridgman,  where  Caleb 
and  Jemima  Howe  were  captured.  Sawtelle  is  the  modern 
spelling  and  pronunciation.  There  is  a  piece  of  the  wood  of  the 
fort  in  the  Deerfield  "Hall,"  and  it  was  built  by  Jemima  Howe's 
father.     Others  have  told  me  that  the  "Bridgman"  was  a  mistake. 

683.  X.         MEDAD,  b.  April  25,  1759;  m.  Phebe  Gould. 

684.  xi.       PHINEHAS,  b.  Nov.  29,   1760;  m.  Diadama  Morgan   and   Eunice 


685.  xii.      JOHN  MONTAGUE,  b.  July  2,  1764;  m.  Martha  Harris  and  Olive 


344.  AARON  FIELD  (Ebenezer,  Samuel,  Zechariah,  John,  John,  Richard, 
William,  William),  b.  Northfield,  Mass.,  March  17,  1721;  m.  May  26,  1743,  Eunice 
Frary,  dau.  of  Nathaniel,  b.  Nov.  30,  1721;  d.  Oct.  28,  1813.  He  was  a  soldier  in  the 
French  and  Indian  wars.  Settled  in  Bernardston  about  1753.  His  father, 
Nathaniel  Frary,  was  son  of  Sampson  and  Mary  (Daniel),  and  grandson  of  John 
Frary,  who  came  from  England  with  his  wife.  Prudence,  and  settled  in  Dedham, 
Mass.,  where  he  was  one  of  the  founders  of  the  church.  Sampson  was  born  in 
Dedham,  and  moved  to  Hatfield,  settling  in  that  part  called  Deerfield.  He  escaped 
the  massacres  of  King  Phillip's  war,  but  his  home  was  burned.  He  was  selectman 
in  1704,  and  was  killed  by  the  French  and  Indians,  under  Hertel  de  Rouville.  The 
old  house  he  erected  in  1698  is  still  standing,  being  undoubtedly  the  oldest  house  in 
Deerfield  Valley. 

Aaron  settled  in  Bernardston  about  1753,  on  "Huckle  Hill,"  which  has  ever 
been  the  home  of  the  Fields  since  the  house  he  built  was  just  north  of  the  present 


John  B.  Field  place,  and  has  been  burned.  The  Deacon  Sheldon  Fort  was  located 
very  nearly  opposite.  He  ra.  Eunice,  dau.  of  Nathaniel  Frary,  ot  Deerfield.  He 
was  soldier  in  French  and  Indian  wars;  his  name  appearing  on  John  Burke's  roll, 
ending  Nov.  30,  1758.  On  committee  of  correspondence,  1775;  constable  in  1762; 
warden  in  1763;  fence  viewer  in  1763-74;  selectman  in  1765-70-76-80-84.  Was  also 
surveyor  of  highways  in  1767-75-78;  tithingman  in  1768,  and  town  treasurer  six 

On  May  18,  1676.  occurred  what  has  been  known  as  the  "Falls  Fight."  Cap- 
tain Turner,  with  a  comparatively  small  body  ot  men,  fell  upon  and  destroyed 
hundreds  of  Indians  at  the  Falls,  in  the  Connecticut  river,  since  known  as  Turner's 
Falls,  in  honor  of  the  commander  of  the  dav.  The  retreat  from  this  massacre  was 
accomplished  with  great  difficulty,  and  with  a  sad  loss  of  lite,  Captain  Turner  him- 
self being  among  the  victims.  It  was  not  until  sixty  years  after  this  event,  namely, 
on  Jan.  21,  1736,  that  the  general  court  acknowledged  the  important  and  perilous 
service  rendered  on  this  occasion,  by  an  appropriate  grant  of  land.  It  then 
g^ranted  to  the  survivors  of  the  fight,  and  the  descendants  of  the  others,  a  township, 
which  was  called  in  honor  of  the  fight  on  which  the  grant  was  based:  "Falltown," 
and  which  has  since  been  incorporated  with  the  name  of  Bernardston. 

He  d.  March  17,  1800.     Res.  Deerfield  and  Bernardston,  Mass. 

686.  i.         EUNICE,  b.   Dec.   29,  1743;  m.  about  1760,  Joseph  Wells,  b,  1731. 

He  settled  in  Greenfield;  d.  Dec.  22,  1804.  Shed.  Dec.  10,  1785. 
Ch. :  I.  Joseph,  b.  May  11,  1761;  Revolutionary  soldier;  d.  Oct. 
31,  1831.  2.  Eunice,  b.  March  27,  1763;  d.  Dec.  8,  1783.  3. 
Anna,  b.  June  6,  1765;  m.  Eleazer  Wells.  4.  Aaron  Field,  b. 
June  25,  1767;  ra.  Abigail  Burnham.     5.  Roswell,  b.  Sept.  g,  1769; 

m. White.      6.  Thankful,  b.  Sept   14,   1773;  ra.   Ebenezer 

Corse.  7.  Cephas,  b.  Nov.  30,  1775;  d.  Sept.  14, 1777.  8.  Cephas, 
b.  March  24,  1778;  ra.  Cynthia  Corse.  9.  William,  b.  Jan.  24, 
1780;  d.  June  2,  1802.  10.  Eunice,  b.  Dec.  4,  1785;  d.  Sept.  3. 

687.  ii.        CHLOE,  b.    Dec.  29,  1743;  ra.  November,   1764,  Samuel  Shattuck, 

of  Greenfield.  He  was  son  of  Samuel,  and  was  b.  1741;  was  a 
soldier  in  the  French  and  Indian  wars;  was  at  Bunker  Hill;  was 
a  miller  at  Greenfield;  went  to  New  York  and  d.  Sept.  i,  1827, 
aged  eighty-seven.  She  d.  April  10,  1781,  aged  thirty-eight. 
Ch. :  I.  Samuel,  b.  Aug.  15,  1765;  m.  Prudence  Healey,  of  Ver- 
mont. 2.  Chloe,  b.  Nov.  22,  1766;  m,  Ephraira  Leach;  res, 
Enosburg.      3.  Consider,  b.   Feb.   7,   1768;   m.   Anne  Atherton. 

4.  Seth,  b.  Jan.  24,  1770;   m.   Sylvia  Chapin  and  Anna  Smith. 

5.  Lydia,  b.  Oct.  8,  1771;  d.  Dec.  8,  1772.  6.  Lydia,  b.  Feb.  15, 
1774;  m.  Arad  Root,  of  Montague.  7.  Jesse,  b.  May  16,  1775;  d. 
Aug.  27,  1777.  8.  Jesse,  b.  Sept.  21,  1777;  m.  Mary  E.  Sargent, 
of  Dumraerston.  9.  Robert,  b.  Dec.  17,  1730;  name  changed 
to  Chester;  m.  Miriam  W.  Stocker. 

688.  iii.       IRENE,  b.  Sept.  11,  1745;  m.  in  1769,  Lieut.  Daniel  Newcomb.  He 

was  b.  in  Leyden.  Mass.,  Nov.  18,  1741.  When  but  three  years  of 
age  his  parents  were  driven  from  their  home  by  the  Indians  and 
compelled  to  leave  the  county.  They  went  to  Lebanon,  Conn. 
He  d.  in  1794.  She  d.  in  Winhall,  Vt.,  in  rSio.  He  was  lieu- 
tenant in  the  Revolutionary  war;  was  on  the  committee  of  cor- 
respondence; chairman  of  the  committee  of  safety.  Ch. :  i. 
Luther,    b.   April  12,    1770 ;  m.   Milessent  Conant  and  Lucretia 


Martin.  2.  Jerusha,  b,  Nov.  3,  1771;  m.  1788,  Capt.  Charles 
Hunt.  She  d.  Lebanon,  N.  Y.,  1834.  3,  Irene,  b.  Oct.  28,  1773; 
d.  Dec.  17,  1789.  4.  Daniel,  b.  June  14,  1776;  m.  Electa  Day. 
5.  Ephphatha,  b.  Aug.  12,  1778;  m.  Annis  Clark.  6,  Lucinda, 
b.  Sept.    12,  17S0;  ra.  Capt.  Allen  Wood.      Res.  Lebanon,  N.  Y. 

7.  Aurelia,  b.  Sept.  18,  1782;  m.  Dudley  Beebe,  of  Winhall,  Vt. 

8.  Tirzah,  b.   Oct.   12.  1784;  m.  John   Burlin;  he  d.  a  prisoner  of 

the  war  of  1812;  ni.,  2d, Paddock.     9.  Irene,  b.  June  24,  1788: 

m.  Col.  Simeon  Stearns.  Res.  Winhall,  Vt.  10.  Mehitable,  b. 
Nov.  13,  1790;  d.  December,  1790. 

689.  iv.       ANNA,  b.  in   1747;  m.   August,    1786,   Ziba  Allen,  of  Bernardston. 

He  d.  July  10,  1798,  and  she  m.,  2d,  Salmon  Clapp,  ot  Montague. 
Clapp  was  son  of  Lieut.-Col.  Amasa  Clapp,  of  Northampton, 
who  removed  to  Chesterfield.  Amasa's  line  was  as  tollows: 
Seth,  Samuel,  Preserved,  Roger. 

690.  v.        JESSE,  b.  March  15.  1749;  m.  Sarah  Burke. 

691.  vi.       RACHEL,  b.  in  1751;  m.  1774.  Dr.  Polycarpus  Cushman,  of  Bern- 

ardston.    She  d.  Sept.  i,  1812. 

692.  vii.      OLIVE,  b. ;  m.  Reuben  Sheldon,  of  Leyden.     He  was  b.  1749. 

Revolutionary  soldier ;  was  in  company  of  Capt.  Agrippa  Wells 
at  siege  of  Boston;  served  also  under  Capt.  Thomas  Alexander 
and  marched  to  Quebec,  arriving  there  April  27,  1776;  was  in  the 
Burgoyne  campaign  under  Capt.  Lawrence  Kemp,  and  removed 

from  Deerfield  to  Leyden.     Ch.  :     i.   Horace,  b. .     2  Salmon, 

b. ;  m.  Rebecca  Bigelow.  3.  Socrates,  b.  1784,  m.  Experi- 
ence Allen.  4.  Ora,  b.  1786;  m.  Mehitable  Sheldon  and  Lydia 
Sheldon.  5.  Mandana,  b.  1789;  m.  Samuel  Wright.  6.  Reuben, 
b.   1797;  was  first  postmaster  at  Leyden;  representative  1838-9. 

Res.  Rochester,  N.  Y.     7.   Alva,  b. .     S.   Olive,  b. ;  m. 

Elias  Perry. 

d.  unm.  Jan.  6,  1831. 



AZABA,  b.  in  176; 



MARIA,  b. . 



DECIMA,  b. 

m.  Aug.   I,   1790,  Shubal  Fuller,  of  Windhall, 
N.  J.,  and  removed  to  Ohio. 
6955^.  xi,       MEHITABLE,  b.  about  1748;  m.  Deacon  Jonathan  Sheldon.     She 
d.  Jan.  16,  1797. 

346.  JOSIAH  FIELD  (Josiah,  Samuel,  Zechariah,  John,  John,  Richard,  Wil- 
liam, William),  b,  Deerfield,  Mass.,  Feb.    24,  1723;  m.    Sarah .      He  settled  in 

Somers,  Conn.     He  was  a  soldier  in  the  expedition  to  Havana,  Oct.  6,  1762.     Res. 
Soniers,  Conn. 

696.  i.         EXPERIENCE,  b.  Nov.  13,  1760. 

351.  DANIEL  FIELD  (Joshua,  Samuel,  Zechariah,  John,  John,  Richard,  Wil- 
liam, William),  son  of  Joshua  and  Elizabeth  (Cooley),  b.  in  Springfield,  Mass., 
1723.  He  settled  in  Enfield.  Conn.,  in  1748;  removed  to  Bolton,  Conn.;  in  1785  to 
Vernon.  Conn.,  where  he  d.  in  1802.  He  m.  May  26,  1753,  Sarah  Wells,  of  Bolton. 
Joshua  Field's  deed,  given  soon  after  1754,  to  his  son,  Daniel  Field,  of  Bolton,  "con- 
sideration, love  and  affection,"  dated  Bolton,  Sept.  15,  1755.  Daniel  d.  in  1828. 
Res.  Bolton,  Conn. 

697.  i.         SARAH  WELLS,   b.   Jan.    15,    1755:  m.  Daniel  Loomis,  of  North 

Coventry,  Conn. 

698.  i^.     SAMUEL,  b.  Oct.  25.  1756;  m.  Huldah  Millard. 






















MARY,  b.  Nov.  8,  1758:  m.  Nov.  18,  1784,  John  Ensworth. 

DANIEL,  b.  May  i,  1761;  m.  Mary . 

THOMAS,  b.  Nov.  13.  1763;  m.  Lucy  Bissell. 

DAVID,  b.  April  i,  1766;  m.  Betty  Squires. 

NATHANIEL,  b.  Nov.  23,  1768;  m.  Clarinda  King. 

BETTIE,  b.  Jan.  31,  1771 ;  m.,  ist.  Samuel  Baker,  of  Bolton;  m.,  2d, 

Benjamin  Talcott,  his  third  wife,  d.  Mcirch  5,  1854. 
MARGARET,  b.  April  i,  1773. 
ROXANNA,  b.  June  i,  1775. 
EUNICE,  b.  March  27,  1780. 

NATHANIEL  FIELD  (Joshua,  Samuel,  Zechariah,  John,  John,  Richard, 
William,  William),  b.  Springfield,  Mass.,  in  1727-28;  m.  Feb.  23,  1748,  Mary  Good- 
rich, in  Bolton,  Conn.  She  d.  and  he  m.,  2d,  Experience.  She  d.  in  Phelps  in  1834, 
aged  ninety-five.  Craft  Goodrich,  deed  to  Nathaniel  Field,  of  Enfield,  Conn.,  land 
with  mansion  house,  etc. ;  consideration  ;i^4oo;  dated,  Bolton,  March  23,  1761.  He 
d.  in  Phelps  in  1803.  aged  seventy-five.     Res.  Enfield  and  Bolton,  Conn. 

707^^.  i.         JAMES,  b.  1750;  m. ,  and  removed  to  Phelps,  N.  Y. 

7071^.  ii.        FRANCES,  b.  Nov.  29,  1757;  m.  Naomi  Wakeley. 

708.      iii.      GEORGE,  b.  1758;  m.  Eunice . 

708 >^.  iv.       MARY,  b.  Feb.  10,  1760. 

354.  ENSIGN  ELISHA  FIELD  (Joseph,  Joseph,  Zechariah,  John.  John, 
Richard,  William.  William),  b.  Sunderland,  Mass.,  July  i,  1717.  He  removed,  in 
1 761,  to  Bennington,  Vt.,  and  was  one  of  the  first  settlers  of  that  town.  He  was 
liberal  in  his  religious  opinions,  which  it  is  said  was  one  of  his  reasons  for  removing 
from  Sunderland.  On  account  of  the  troubles  with  the  New  York  claimants  to  the 
lands  in  Bennington,  he  sold,  in  1781,  and  removed  to  Pittsford,  Vt. ;  in  1782  to 
Cornwall,  Vt.,  where  he  died  Jan.  18,  1791.  At  the  first  town  meeting  held  in  Ben- 
nington, March  31,  1762,  he  was  chosen  one  of  the  tithing  men,  and  held  other  town 
offices.  On  the  organization  of  a  company  of  militia,  Oct.  24,  1764,  he  was  chosen 
ensign,  and  was  in  command  of  the  company  at  the  battle  of  Bennington,  Aug.  16, 
1777,  and  was  charged  with  the  care  of  the  captured  Hessians  from  the  battleground 
to  the  meeting  house,  in  Bennington,  beside  other  guard  duties.  Hem.  Jan.  11, 
1753,  Betty,  dau.  of  John  and  Bathsheba  Pratt,  of  Hardwick,  Mass.,  b.  in  Westboro, 
Mass.,  May  6,  1726;  d.  Feb.  18,  1809. 

JOSEPH,  b.  April  10,  1754;  d.  April  12,  1754. 

PERSIS,  b.  Sept.  21,  1756;  d.  April  16,  1758. 

ELISHA,  b.  Sept.  i,  1758;  d.  Oct.  17,  1758. 

LYDIA,  b.  May  19,  1760;  m.,  ist,  17S1,  Benjamin  Steams,  of  Corn- 
wall, Vt. ;  m.,  2d,  December,  1S15,  Ezra  Allen;  d.  Dec.  10,  1847; 
no  issue. 

ELISHA,  b.  March  13,  1763;  m.   Ruth  Kirkham. 

ELIJAH,  b.  March  13,  1763;  d.  Jan.  15,  1769. 

ASAHEL,  b.  March  25,  1765;  m.  Mariha  Field  and  Betsey  Parker. 

JOSEPH  FIELD  (Joseph,  Joseph,  Zechariah,  John,  John,  Richard, 
William,  William),  b.  Sunderland,  Mass.,  Dec.  8,  1723.  He  was  a  useful  man  in 
town  and  was  held  in  esteem  by  his  neighbors.  He  m.  April  26,  1753,  Ruth,  dau. 
ot  Isaac  and  Mary  Parker,  b.  in  Groton,  Mass.,  Jan.  27,  1734;  d.  Sept.  i,  1796.  He 
d.  Oct.  6,  1798.     Res.  Sunderland,  Mass. 

716.  i.         ELIJAH,  b.  Feb.  2,  1754;  m.  Tryphena  Cooley. 

717.  ii.        LUCY,  b.  Nov.  6,  1755;   m.  April  27,  1780,   Rennah  Wain  Cooley, 

of  Sunderland. 

































REBECCA,  b.  Dec.  34  1758;  d.  Aug.  8,  1773. 
THOMAS,  b.  March  9,  1762;  d.  April  5,  1762. 
MARY,  b.  March  30,    1764;  m.  Jan.   4,  1786,  Heman  Farnham,  of 

JOSEPH,  b.  Feb.  24,  1766;  d.  Sept.  12,  1766. 

MARTHA,  b.  March  11,  1768;  d.  unm.  Oct.  29,  1848,  aged  eighty. 
RUTH,  b.  May  27,  1770;  d.  insane  October. 
JOSEPH,  b.  May  6,  1772;  m.  Sabra  Emerson. 
SUBMIT,  b.  June  17,  1774;  m.  Jan.  18,  1797,  Gains  E.  Lyman,  of 

Northampton ;  d.  in  Hartford,  April  27,  1846.      He  was  b.  Nov. 

24,   1769;  son  of  Ellas  and  Hannah  (Clapp)  Lyman.      Ch.      i. 

Elhanan     Winchester.       2.    Christopher     Columbus.       3.    Orra 

Almira.     4.  Julia  Etta.     5.  Emma  Submit.     6.  Jane  Rachel.     7. 

Hannah  Submit.     8.  Theodore. 
726.     xi.       THOMAS,  b.  Aug.  16,  1777.       He  was  quite  a  business  man ;  was  a 

colonel  of  militia ;  he  removed  to  Oriskany,  N.  Y. ;  d.  unm.  Aug. 

30,  1847- 

362.  DEACON  JONATHAN  FIELD  (Joseph,  Joseph,  Zechariah,  John,  John, 
Richard,  William,  William),  b.  Sunderland,  Mass.,  July  30,  1737.  He  settled  in  1752 
in  Leverett,  on  Long  Plain,  so  called,  where  he  d.  May  21,  1814,  aged  77.  He  was 
a  deacon  of  the  Congregational  church  in  Leverett  many  years.  He  was  a  soldier 
in  Capt.  John  Hawks'  company  from  April  15  to  Nov.  16,  1758,  and  was  under